Fallen Angels (1995)



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This complex drama from noted Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai moves like an ever-changing hallucination weaving in and out between reality and the surreal as it chronicles the lives of five people whose fates are inextricably linked. First there is the anonymous hit man known only as Killer. Next is Ho, a man known for buying empty stores and turning them into convenience joints. Next is the woman in charge of giving the assassin his assignments; she makes all the decisions for the unambitious … More

Rating: Unrated (not rated)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kar-Wai Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 1999
Kino on Video



as Wong Chi-Ming

as Killer's Agent

as Cherry

as He Zhiwu's Father

as Blondie

as Man Forced to Eat Ic...

as Woman Pressed to Buy...

as Man Forced to Have H...
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Critic Reviews for Fallen Angels

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

An exhilarating rush of a movie, with all manner of go-for-broke visual bravura that expresses perfectly the free spirits of [Wong's] bold young people.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Wong brings tremendous vigor and audacity to the effort, asking us to question the most basic rules of storytelling and commercial filmmaking.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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I felt transported back to the 1960s films of Jean-Luc Godard. I was watching a film that was not afraid of its audience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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A densely packed suite of zany vignettes that have the autonomy of pop songs or stand-up comic riffs.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 20, 2007
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Fallen Angels


Netflix somni-bomb. All style, mood and colors. It literally took me three months to get through this frickin' movie because it kept putting me to sleep. So cool it's dead.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


UPDATE: Just discovered that Fallen Angels is out on DVD and I can watch it. Will buy it soon and re-watch it and then re-review it........soon

Fallen Angels is the story of a professional killer in Hong Kong. It follows the in's and out's of his job and his partner in crime who he rarely sees. After 3 years of working together, he wants out. Another sub-plot is about a mute (caused by eating expired cans of pineapples for a month, after he was heart broken) who breaks into restaurants, cafés and ice-cream trucks at night and forces people to buy his goods!

Wong Kar Wai?s fifth directorial film in 1995 and which was originally meant to be part of Chung King Express was a good film but not great. For me it seems incoherent and the characters just don?t seem to be able to hold the narrative well as I thought. There great parts of the movie are as follows; the stunning cinematography done by frequent collaborator, Christopher Doyle really captures the mood of Hong Kong well and the themes brought up in the film. Such as alienation from others, which I believed that was shown well.

Once again, Wai leaves hints of trademarks around the mise-en-scne. For instance during the film, there are constant references to the weather, and how it?s raining. Which has been featured in Chungking, In The Mood For Love, Happy Together amongst his work. There are also subtle hints in the background, through radio and TV, which reflects Hong Kong?s news, which is currently going on. What is done well is the usage of language, we see the news in English, French and Mandarin of course- that reflects well the era in which it was done in. The camerawork is something, which I haven?t seen in his work before. The close-up camera work is effective and does make the audience understand the characters well and their thoughts and feelings. However, what also this creates is a colastrophic atmosphere that these alienated characters are finding themselves in most of the time and you do feel like you are intruding in their lives at times.

The narrative, as I stated before, is a little confusing. However the narrative with He Zhiwu I was able to understand. Once amusing scene was when he was massaging a pig, which probably fitted well with his character?s personality. He was a mute, but I felt more sympathy for him that the other characters within Fallen Angels. Perhaps the camera-work made the film, for me, seem a little slow-paced and out of sorts.

Overall, Fallen Angels is worth the watch but is not of of his better movies. For me Chungking, its predecessor is far superior and has that quirkiness about it, which you cannot not like. This, perhaps, is a darker versions of that and delves deeper into what really is going on in these disillusioned people. If you haven?t watch Wai?s excellent work, start with his most recent work as it?s far better. Fallen Angels is superior to Days of Being Wild and As Tears Go By

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer


Bleh, Wong Kar Wai...at least he had the decency to show Michelle Reis touching herself.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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