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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…
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!
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…
I'm not as huge into the Wong Kar Wai films that deal with two intertwining narratives, and I'm also just not into films that have female characters that never desist crying, so this one was already up against a hard barrier, but I definitely think that this one has my favorite individual moments of any Wong Kar Wai film. The way Takeshi Kaneshiro bounces around in the kitchen, the entire opening sequence with the neon lights and wide angle lens, and the ending is one of my favorite endings ever; which sits neatly beside the endings to Miami Vice and Heat, oddly.
This movie features any number of qualities that would generally turn me off: handheld, slow-mo, excessive voice-over (I think there are probably 2x as many lines of voice-over as there are lines of dialogue). The gestalt of the whole thing ended up being an interesting tale about strangers who are close and lovers who are distant. The density of Hong Kong presses down on these characters; they almost know each other out of sheer proximity. The film drags at some point into the third characters story line, and the back-half of the whole thing is a little slow.
The first half of this movie nails 90s Cool with an elegant subtlety. It feels like Run Lola Run or a Prodigy…
Kar Wai Wong’s Hong-Kong set gunfight-filled gem refuses classification into any one genre. It is a crime but also thriller, romance, and action genre movie, centered around three mostly unspeaking characters. One is an assassin, another his business assistant for his occupation, and the third a mute by choice. The mute claims that he ate an expired can of pineapple and ever since hasn’t talked much, but I am skeptical of this causation.
Much of the story is driven through voiceovers, especially the sequences with the mute who maintains a relationship with a girl obsessed with finding her boyfriend’s cheating counterpart named Blondie. The cityscape reminded me of a subtler more modest version of Blade Runner’s setting, with less futuristic…
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I love this beautiful film. It has one of the funniest Ice Cream eating scene.
Fallen Angels certainly improved a lot for me, on a second viewing, having now seen Chungking Express definitely put it into a new perspective.
Want to like this film more, but i found both Wong Chi-Ming (the killer) and He Zhiwu to be a bit more ´boring´to watch.
while repetition worked great in Chungking Express, it had a bit of a tedious feeling in Fallen Angels.
It also lacks the ´realization of what characters are doing´ that i´ve seen and loved in other Wong Kar-Wai films. (In The Mood for Love, Chungking Express)
If you´re interested in Fallen Angels, watch Chungking express first.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Only a few minutes into my first Wong Kar-Wai film I already fell in love with the atmosphere he has created. His intensely visual style of filming is both captivating and somewhat surreal.
Fallen Angels follows the story of multiple characters who rarely interact with each other who all experience drastic changes in their lives as a result of their decisions. The first, a hit man who decides he wants out of his current lifestyle; the second, his partner - a woman who he has hardly ever seen despite the fact that they are intimately aware of each other’s personalities; and a mute man who lives with his father and makes money by opening up other people’s shops in the…
And then I went home and masturbated and cried until I fell asleep.
First off let me say that I just ADORE the way this movie was filmed. It's so immersive, you feel like your right there with the characters. McDonald's never looked so beautiful. It's a shame there aren't other movies with similar visual style.
Fallen Angles is a pretty good movie. I'm floored by the cinematography. The soundtrack is great as well. It perfectly compliments the visuals. The imagery of Hong Kong is beautiful. Lost in Translation is really the only other movie, that comes to mind, that so vividly paints a city. I thought the storytelling in this film lacked a little bit, but the visuals forgive it.
I'd like to thank Josiah Morgan for he recommendation. I look forward to checking out more of Wong Kar Wai, particularly Chunking Express. If only I could get my hands on a copy...
If I ever get to completing my script, this is what I want my movie to look like. Masterful shots, beautiful cinematography and brilliant use of sets, objects, people and placement.
Apologies for the rather clumsy and drab title, I was going to call it Pure Cinema but that isn't quite…