Fallen Angels

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Overview

Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels is a sequel of sorts to the director's 1994 U.S. breakthrough Chungking Express. Expanding on the latter's style, themes, and mood, Fallen Angels is set in the surreal milieu of urban, nighttime Hong Kong. As with the filmmaker's other features, plot takes a back seat to mood. The wisp of a narrative intercuts two story lines. The first follows a hitman (Leon Lai) who finds that the assassin's life has slowly lost its allure. Complicating his life is his beautiful contact (Michele ...
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Overview

Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels is a sequel of sorts to the director's 1994 U.S. breakthrough Chungking Express. Expanding on the latter's style, themes, and mood, Fallen Angels is set in the surreal milieu of urban, nighttime Hong Kong. As with the filmmaker's other features, plot takes a back seat to mood. The wisp of a narrative intercuts two story lines. The first follows a hitman (Leon Lai) who finds that the assassin's life has slowly lost its allure. Complicating his life is his beautiful contact (Michele Reis, a former Miss Hong Kong winner) who pines after him with fetishistic ardor, although the two have never met in their nearly three-year partnership. In another part of the city, He (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a mute, boyish ex-convict, makes a living by sneaking into and running businesses after hours. Still living with his father who runs the Chungking Mansions hotel, the restless Ho falls for Cherry (Charlie Yeung), a woman getting over her breakup with the offscreen Johnny. The movie follows these episodic romances almost half-heartedly as with Wong's other films, and digressionary moments attract much of the camera's distracted gaze. This visually stylish and unabashedly effusive work is considered by some critics to be the quintessential Wong film. ~ Elbert Ventura, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes; Interview with D.P. Christopher Doyle; Trailers; Stills Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Swathed in neon and attitude, Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels is arguably the apotheosis of the Hong Kong auteur's hyper-kinetic, pop-informed style. Picking up on the stylistic flourishes and thematic preoccupations of Wong's previous feature, Chungking Express, this nocturnal movie follows a handful of restless, lonesome strangers in millennial Hong Kong. The movie, shot mainly in wide angle by long-time Wong collaborator Christopher Doyle, is a lush reverie: Wong's characters drift through the movie in various states of ruminative alienation and ennui. Despite this obsession with urban anomie, Wong's penchant for loopy coincidences and distracted doodling keeps things bittersweet rather than depressing. Dripping in romantic excess, the movie offers a fractured, wistful snapshot of fleeting youth, with MTV pyrotechnics, stylish languor, and slapdash absurdity all rolled into one cool and cohesive package. As in Wong's other features, mood and atmosphere are everything. From the smear of lights on busy city streets to the glamorously stoical disaffection of its characters, Fallen Angels never fails to be anything less than gorgeous and hip. For all its attitude, this elegiac film never lapses into winking irony, a tribute to Wong's singular capacity for romantic expression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • UPC: 738329063122
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,331

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leon Lai Wong Chi-Ming
Michelle Reis Agent/Killer's boss
Takeshi Kaneshiro He Zhiwu
Charlie Yeung Cherry
Karen Mok Blondie
Chan Fai-hung Man Forced to Eat Ice-Cream
Kwan Lee-Na Woman Pressed to Buy Vegetables
Toru Saito Sato
Kong To-Hoi Ah-Hoi
Chen Wan-lei He Zhiwu's Father
Wu Yuk-Ho Man Forced to Have His Clothes Washed
Technical Credits
Wong Kar-Wai Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Frankie Chan Score Composer
William Chang Costumes/Costume Designer, Editor, Production Designer
Christopher Doyle Cinematographer
Roel A. Garcia Score Composer
Poon Kin-kwun Stunts
Wong Ming Lam Editor
Chen Yi-cheng Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fallen Angels
1. Opening Titles [2:56]
2. A Message for 3662 [1:48]
3. Visiting Friends [2:42]
4. The Profession [6:26]
5. The Living and the Dead [6:02]
6. Ho Chi Moo [3:07]
7. Odd Jobs [7:09]
8. The Salon [2:29]
9. The Collector [2:52]
10. 1818 [2:31]
11. Fast and Free [7:45]
12. Shoulder Man [4:48]
13. Blondie Assault [4:22]
14. Late Bloomer [6:46]
15. Parties of One [6:20]
16. Cinéma Vérité [3:16]
17. Passing Strangers [1:29]
18. One Last Favor [4:49]
19. All Grown Up [5:56]
20. Uninvolved [7:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fallen Angels
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
         Only You
         Whom You Miss
         A Beautiful Evening
      An Interview with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle
      Stills Gallery
      Trailers
         Fallen Angels
            Original
            Japanese
         Happy Together
            Original
            Japanese
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    If you've only seen Wong Kar-Wai's highly polished 2046 or In the Mood for Love, you'll be surprised by the choppier (but still excellent!) style of this movie. He put it together from filmed subplots that he'd had to exclude from Chungking Express, but the mood of Fallen Angels is much grittier than the former. The movie's real strength comes from (1) the gorgeous cinematography, (2) the very interesting and sympathetic characters, and (3) the way the mood changes smoothly from humor to tragedy to something very like noir. This is a must-see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best movies I've seen in a while.

    This movie is, in a nutshell, a charater-narrorated artsy hong kong action film. The mood does seem to beat out the plot, but the plot is interesting enough to follow. The gunfights are, unlike john woo, very gritty and realistic. Use of music and motifs are well done, and the movie is, as a whole, an enjoyable, dark, almost surreal film.

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    Posted May 11, 2010

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