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Commonly regarded as one of the most influential directors of contemporary cinema, Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together, In the Mood for Love) has developed a signature style that employs bold, experimental uses of photography, music, and editing to capture the tension of the new millennium. Originally intended to be a third story in his now classic Chungking Express, Fallen Angels has emerged as what some critics have come to consider his (quintessential work.) Set in the neon-washed underworld of present day Hong Kong, Fallen Angels intertwines exhilarating tales of love and isolation, primarily the unconsummated love affair between a contract Killer (Leon Lai Ming) and the ravishing female Agent (Michele Reis) who books his assignments and cleans up after his jobs.
- Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
- Interview with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle
- Stills Gallery
- Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Fallen Angels was originally planned as one section of director Wong Kar-Wai's best-known film, Chungking Express, but eventually it grew into its own distinct and delirious shape. In many ways, Fallen Angels may be the better film, a dark, frantic fun-house ride through Hong Kong's nighttime world. Part of the film is a love story between two people who have barely met: a young, ultra-hip hit man (Leon Lai) and the dreamy operative (Michele Reis) who plans his jobs. Much of the movie is given over to a very strange subplot about a manic mute (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who goes on bizarre nocturnal prowls through a closed food market--like almost everything else in Wong's films, this is antic, stylish, and oddly touching, all at the same time. It must be said that, also like Wong's other films, Fallen Angels is fragmented and oblique to the point of occasional incomprehensibility but then suddenly something wild or wonderful happens, such as the moment when the killer leaves the scene of a spectacular shooting and is promptly waylaid by a cheerful old school chum on a public bus. These coups--whether lyrical, violent, or simply "how on earth did they get that shot?"--are tossed off by Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle with all the cool of the hired killer, as though the movie were a cigarette dangling from a pair of oh-so-casual lips. This is exactly why so many otherwise calm critics fell all over themselves in hailing Wong Kar-Wai as one of the most exciting filmmakers of his generation. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is full of comedy .. often based on surprise plot changes or interrupts. There is a scene with the Agent -- not to say to much but er .. well suffice to say you will question whether your girlfriend has been perhaps faking in contrast.
Unlike Chungking Express the two stories in this movie go back and forth and intersect more (Chungking had one story follow the other basically).
The music and photography are just amazing .. you feel cool watching it with people. It is also playful .. early on it hits out of nowhere the first two note in the song "cool" and just stops. "Cool" plays when he hitman is in action; it is like they are teasing people who know what is coming.
The Agent is crazy about the hitman .. she controls. They hardly ever meet, but she cleans up his place, goes through his garbage to get "close" to him.
The second story is about a petty criminal who is mute (which I think is used to make us not aware of how bright he is). He wants a "real 9-5 job" like the others, but in his case he breaks into peoples shops at night and forces customers to buy from him -- very funny. He labels himself an "optimist" -- he lives with his Dad and wants to be in love but see himself as a "late bloomer" as he can't find anyone crazy about him.
I enjoyed it a lot .. I also like Chungking Express (2nd story with Faye Wong), and 2046. With Wong Kar-Wai .. you are wise to do a bit of research so that you have a vague idea of where the story is going, as you cannot fall behind the plot.
This film is driven by inner monologue, that is, you can hear what the characters think. Due to that, you are able to watch their actions but also to hear their thoughts. It is interesting, but also heartbreaking at times. In a sense, "Fallen Angels" could be accurately displayed as a sequel to "Chungking Express", because it is also about people, their stories, and specially their longing for something they don't have but hope for.
One of the main characters is a hitman, Wong Chi-Ming (Leon Lai), who has a beautiful partner (Michele Reis) that coordinates his hits. Wong Chi-Ming knows why he became a killer, a reason that is strange but that makes sense to him: "The best thing about my profession is that there's no need to make any decision. Who's to die... when... where... it's all been planned by others. I'm a lazy person. I like people to arrange things for me". Despite that, he is thinking of leaving his job and becoming a "normal" person, something his partner doesn't like at all.
The other main character is He Zhiwu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a young mute that lost his voice after eating a tin of expired pineapple. He Zhiwu has a weird hobby: to break into stores at night and pretend to run them, forcing customers to buy things. He also happens to fall in love with a very strange lady, and says to himself "They say that love can change a man. I start to find myself looking better and more charming, and suddenly I discover that I'm turning blonde".Read more ›
Though there does not seem to be a direct plot link between "Chungking" and "Fallen Angels" the same way there was between the two segments of "Chungking Express" (where Cop 223 turned down a suggestion of a date with Faye only hours before she fell in love with Cop 663, and Faye and 663 make brief background appearances in segment one), there are many connections. Some locations seem to be the same, and although the fast food joint Midnight Express so central to "Chunking Express" does not play the same role here, the restaurant and its proprietor do enter near the end. The mute ex-con (prisoner #223) of Fallen Angels and Cop #223 of CKE are both played by the same actor (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and both named He Qiwu [per subtitles; IMDB has He Zhiwu, closer to the soundtrack]. He Qiwu of Fallen Angels was made mute by a can of expired pineapple, while CKE's Cop #223 was obsessed with about-to-expire pineapple cans. At one point the Mute dances briefly in Midnight Express with the same moves used by Faye, as she danced her way through her work at the restaurant in CKE.Read more ›
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This was the first Wong Kar Wai film I've ever seen, and most certainly it won't be the last. It was visceral, smooth, and overlaid with a perfect amount of grime. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2013 by Lucien Cyr
i have to admit that my concept/experience/knowledge about movies is so so little that i wouldn't dare to write a review on films like Fallen Angels. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003
Style over substance sums it up . . . color instead of drama. . . kinetic shooting scenes instead of characters. . . silent and devoid of humans. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by R. Steinhardt
I cannot give an objective review of the movie because of the quality of the VHS where I've seen Fallen Angels. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Gerald Sioco
Absolutely beautiful piece of film-making, full of some of the best cinematography you will ever see, along with thought-provoking moody introspection on the alienation of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by The 14 Amazons
Please do not mistaken this movie as an HK action movie. There is action and violence but this is absolutely not an action movie.
Oh! I fail to describe it. Read more
In a gloomy urban setting of Hong Kong, Wong Chi-Ming, a lethargic contract killer, has become emotionally attached to his agent. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Swederunner
Is Wong Kar-Wai the world's most exciting film-maker? Fallen Angels, his fifth feature and the follow-up to Chungking Express, constitutes strong evidence in his favor. Read morePublished on May 29 2002
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