Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…
A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool, detached partner. Thinking it's dangerous and improper to become involved with a colleague, he sets out to find a surrogate for his affections. Against the sordid and surreal urban nightscape, he crosses path with a strange drifter looking for her mysterious ex-boyfriend and an amusing mute trying to get the world's attention in his own unconventional ways.
Sometimes "goodbye" really means "until we meet again."
For a follow-up to a film that in no way, shape, of form needed one, Fallen Angels not only admirably lives up to the pressure of being a sequel to Chungking Express, it manages to expand the themes of the previous two segments (putting all in a much clearer and distinct light), and does so in such a tonally and structurally different way that it's difficult to tell which is the stronger piece in the end. It's apples and oranges to compare the two, but they're in the same basket - if that makes any sense. Truth be told, I'd rather consider them a single film; Chungking Angels - a three hour…
Are you feeling a little down lately? A little lovelorn and a little lost? Is there a dull pain in the pit of your chest that just won't go away? If you have watched a Wong Kar-Wai movie recently, you may be experiencing a phenomenon known as Wong Withdrawal. Other such symptoms of Wong Withdrawal include but are not limited to:
1. An increased exposure to and fascination with a wide variety of groovy music
2. An intensified attraction to Asian women (I can vouch for this one. Whoa Nelly, do I got the Yellow Fever.)
3. Feeling like even more of a hopeless romantic than usual
4. An inexplicable desire to start smoking
5. Pretending like everything is in…
Did you ever have a first date, one that didn’t go badly, but didn't make your heart flutter? I’m sure you have. Despite that, have you ever gone onto a second date and completely fallen in love? I certainly never have ... in real life that is. In the imaginary world of Wong Kar Wai, I should have expected it. There have been more than a few Wong first dates I’ve gone on that were less than stellar, only to be won over completely by a subsequent rendezvous.
During my first Fallen Angels watch, I saw similarities to Chungking Express ( that I also didn’t fall in love with on first date ), but aside from a nod or two,…
I wasn’t expecting that.
I went from being unsure about Wong Kar-wai’s darker cousin of my much loved Chungking Express on my first watch of it, to falling in love with it on the second. It wasn't surprising, as the experience was similar to my first and second encounters with Chungking; its charms only embracing me on that re-watch.
The plan was to re-watch Chunking, as it’s been close to three years since the last time I was 0.01cm from its infectious, simple, charms. Of course that now means a re-watch Fallen Angels had to follow. I was secretly hoping that it would just stand up to the last watch.
I didn’t in my wildest dreams imagine that it would take my heart away from Chungking.
Sorry Faye. We'll always have 2046
Beautiful and twisted, and a totally different film than In the Mood for the Love, The Grandmaster and even Chungking Express, it's spiritual sibling. Wong Kar Wai really is a versatile director, but in all of his films there's almost too much to look at, as there's always something going, tons of vibrant colours and a lively camera. He really is one of cinema's most powerful auteurs.
Fallen Angels is, to put it mildly, a feast for the eyes and ears all the way through. For me the trick to enjoying the film lies in the numerous emotions and feelings one gets out of the experience rather than plot or character development. It's more about soaking in what…
The first time I saw this, I gave it 2/5 stars. Now it is my favorite of all of Wong Kar-Wai's films! It's about misfits - people living on the fringes of society, searching for connections to other people and mostly coming up short. There is basically no plot, even less so than its predecessor Chungking Express. It's just a bunch of people doing things that are silly, heartbreaking, difficult to watch, morally reprehensible… but always human. The visuals in this film are absolutely amazing, even more so than some of his other successful films. Fallen Angels may not be the best that Wong Kar-Wai put forth during his career (I think that honor goes to In the Mood for Love), but it is certainly my personal favorite. Highly recommended!
"On August 29, 1995, I ran into my first love again. But she seems to have forgotten me. I guess I'd gotten too handsome."
Captures the feeling of the streets at night, the excitement and sadness of city love.
I wasn't expecting Takeshi Kaneshiro's Harold Lloyd-level of physical comedy and pathos with that guy who keeps running into him to be force-fed ice cream. Also wasn't expecting Charlie Yeung's Alanis Morissette circa Jagged Little Pill hairdo.
got so drunk when i watched this i can only remember the first 15 minutes
El mejor programa doble de mi vida.
Que no te engañen, la verdadera soledad y el verdadero amor solo los ha sabido entender WKW en estas dos películas. No puedo decir mucho más, es una de esas que te dejan sin palabras. Bueno, sí, una última cosa: chino cabrón vuelve, saca otra peli de una puta vez.
Pleasing aesthetics, but a clear example of style over substance. I wouldn't mind it as much if the movie itself was a bit more satisfactory, maybe not "drift" as much with some unnecessary things and aesthetically pleasing scenes that served no actual purpose to the general plot. The soundtrack was amazing and it really fit the scenery and the mood of whatever WKW was trying to accomplish. Overall, it was still pretty enjoyable with some interesting characters, which I think could've been portrayed more deeply, but I'm gonna leave that aside for now, for whenever I re-watch this.
What this is not. An everyday meat and potato's and by the numbers movie sensation. But also know that you can't fully experience the greatness of Wong Kar-wai without total commitment to the story. This may sound odd but he somehow feels like a distant cousin with the Coen brothers. As his characters are uniquelly detailed humans carrying real emotional baggage and quirks we all have but aren’t generally conscious of. They are their own by products of life lived lost and lonely trying to make sense of it all the best they can. With real consequences, genuine care for others and the wackiness of laughter that comes from someone uncomfortable in there own skin. But desperately wants another’s attention.…
Did not like this very much. Every character seemed like a self involved asshole. By the end I wanted to punch each one in the face.
Movies that are slightly off.