Fallen Angels Reviews
Disappointment followed. It's not the worst thing I've ever seen. It was just so forgettable and uninteresting. It has all the style that Chungking Express had without any of the charm. The characters are uninteresting and unlikeable. Chungking Express had memorable, relatable characters stuck in bizarre situations. Fallen Angels is like seeing weirdos acting weird in the nightlife of the city. It is kind of like Martin Scorsese's After Hours in that aspect, which might make it appealing to fans of that movie, but I didn't care much for that movie or Fallen Angels.
I can;t recommend this to the casual movie goer, but the more dedicated ones might enjoy this(if they haven't already seen it). Also, it might work on those who are into romance, but not into the sappy and copy/pasted mainsteam romantic movies.
Wong Chi-Ming is an assassin for hire that is starting to change. He has an eccentric mute friend that ate too much pineapple while in depression. He also has a girl on the side he is smashing but can't find love with her and he has a father who sleeps too much and doesn't accomplish much of anything. If Wong's going to change himself, he needs to figure out who he is first.
"At this moment, I'm feeling such lovely warmth.
Wong Kar Wai, director of In the Mood for Love, 2046, My Blueberry Nights, Ashes of Time, Happy Together, Chungking Express, and As Tears Go By, delivers Fallen Angels. The storyline for this picture is anything but straightforward and contains breathtaking characters and situations. The script is also very well written and the acting is magnificent. The cast includes Leon Lai, Charlie Yeung, Karen Mok, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
"I wasn't used to smelling it on another woman."
I try to watch all Wong Kar Wai's films and have seen 4 or 5 already. This is one of my favorites and was very unique from any of his previous pictures I have seen. I loved the conviction and determination on display by the main character. The side characters and subplots were also extremely well done, unique, and tasteful. Overall, this is a must see film worth adding to your DVD collection.
"You may forget my face, but you won't forget my bite."
Akin to nearly every film Wong had made up until this point "Fallen Angels" isn't for everyone; in fact, it really was once for Wong's audience only as the controversial filmmaker tried the patience of even his most ardent fans experimenting with coarsen art house method (quick edits, glaring close-ups, multiple lenses, filters, photography and inner monologues that somehow felt even more self-indulgent than before).
Time, however, has been kind to Wong's filmography -- even to "Fallen Angels" (now considered one of his better films where before it had split his audience upon release) and that's largely due to the film's power to grow on you over repeat viewings. Where some of the filmmakers' technique initially felt off-putting -- and some of it still is -- has since aged into a hip little piece of pop art. Like nearly everyone in this cast of weirdos many of whom initially felt obnoxious and still somewhat are (Takeshi Kaneshiro as the film's bizarrely vexatious entrepreneur takes a long while to adjust to) you begin to realize over the film's 100 minute run-time -- if not years down the road -- these people despite their various oddities all just want to be loved.
It's a theme that may take longer to resonate with some audiences than others.