Fallen Angels (1995)
Average Rating: 7.9/10
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
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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
Sep 6, 1995 Wide
Oct 12, 1999
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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.
I felt transported back to the 1960s films of Jean-Luc Godard. I was watching a film that was not afraid of its audience.
Wong brings tremendous vigor and audacity to the effort, asking us to question the most basic rules of storytelling and commercial filmmaking.
A densely packed suite of zany vignettes that have the autonomy of pop songs or stand-up comic riffs.
The film is Wong's most visually striking, with Wong and Doyle constantly inventing intoxicating new angles for every shot.
Photographed by expat Australian Christopher Doyle, Fallen Angels is cinematic exuberance in the hands of a confident filmmaker who builds a montage, and serves you a smorgasbord of images and characters that inhabit a world you are invited to experience.
A brilliantly innovative filmmaker who gets his feelings across through the cheeky and sometimes surreal visuals and his cool style of filmmaking.
Fallen Angels lunges and chases after its rapidly receding subjects, looking to capture and preserve a trace of their presence before the sun rises and the shadows fade.
There's a lot more to Wong Kar-Wai than tremendous cinematic skill and distinctive style. He's got something to say about the modern condition.
Fallen Angels is more challenging visually than any mainstream Hollywood film I've ever seen.
Wong has used practically every cinematic element available to him to create a mood of love gone off the track, drawn-out wishes, time passing emptily, and disconnection.
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- He Zhiwu: 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.
- He Zhiwu: I have heard people say everything has its expiration date. I wasn't sure this would apply to her and johnny, but I thought it might soon.
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