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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,…
Let it be known to all! In the wee hours of the morning, I watched my very first Wong Kar Wai film. It’s been a long time in the making, and I was in a daze and immediately went to Netflix to find a film to pull me out my stupor. After searching and searching with no good results, I happened across Fallen Angels. It was beckoning me in, and I took the bait. What I experienced next was one of the most expressionistic and unique cinematic experiences I have ever had. And at the time of writing this, I’m still having a hard time putting into words why I liked this film so much.
Fallen Angels tells a couple…
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…
Takeshi Kaneshiro's shining hour.
What is Wong's deal with pineapples, though? Haha, twisted.
As in Chungking Express, the natural companion piece to this (Kaneshiro "poses" on the counter of the fast food joint from the former in a scene here), Fallen Angels centers around two stories with two couples, even though love doesn't come into the equation for all the players involved.
A hell of a lot more violent than Chungking, but just as stylishly filmed.
I've mentioned Kaneshiro already. This has to be one of the most loveable performances I've ever seen, and that includes his sadistic inclinations, he really makes the most of a part where he plays a mute. What he's unable to express through words, other…
"The night's full of weirdos."
Wong Kar Wai's weirdos are night owls desperate for love, companionship, money, work. His direction, shots, framing and soundtrack is unique; charming and stylish to the max.
Hard not fall in love with this one.
Always feel let down a bit by foreign films, I just feel like I'm missing out a bit; I'm always so conscious that the subtitles might not be right or I'm missing out on a key cultural or cinematic reference. Then again maybe I was just texting too much through this one.
All those cigarettes made me want to take up smoking tbh.
This movie felt the most "Wong Kar Wai" out of all the Wong Kar Wai movies I've watched, from the dizzying camera movement and extreme close-ups to the neon colors and groovy music. Could be because this is the third one I've watched. Thematically, Fallen Angels is sibling to Chungking Express (complete with a nod to pineapples) but I liked this one better, if only by a small margin. Even the characters are reminiscent of those in Chungking Express--Ho Chi Moo and Charlie reminded me of 663 and Faye and was also my favorite story from this film.
Nicht so charmant wie sein Vorgänger, sehr dystopisch und zerstört, die Menschen wie die Welt in der sie sich bewegen. Und doch steckt immer dieses romantische Element dahinter.
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I haven't had a cigarette in over 5 years, this movie really made me want one. Like, that's all I could think of past a certain point.
Oh now this is annoying.
A shittier version of Chungking Express.
Endings to the stories were nice.
Excellent. A great look at the lives of a group of interesting characters, very well directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Also well written and acted, with very vibrant and energetic cinematography, definitely worth watching.