Fallen Angels [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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All I can say is, this film is an essential watch, whether you enjoy action comedy films, artistic films, asian cinema or you just want to try something different. Give it a go and you won't be disappointed.
Fallen Angel tells of a not quite burnt-out hit man, Leon, who begins to tire of the whole `gun for hire' malarkey and decides to quit on account of his burgeoning feelings for the female operative who he has never met, but who plans his jobs for him. The female operative, Michelle, also emotes for our existential assassin but somehow they both realise that if they ever did come face to face the fantasy would evaporate. The unrequited love thing is Kar Wai's forte but here it is more a case of "As long as you don't look at it, it won't disappear." So their love continues on the basis of ensuring that it never really exists. Anxious to avoid an inevitable unprofessional encounter, our navel gazing killer goes off on an adventure into the Kowloon night where he crosses paths with a series of likable reprobates before embarking on that fatal "one last job."
This takes us not so neatly into a `mad as a hatter' subplot about a petty criminal who was rendered mute as a boy by a can of `out of date' pineapples. He goes out at night and gets up to a range of activities such as massaging a dead pig and kidnapping a family and forcing them to eat ice cream. He to falls in love, with a girl who believes she has been beaten to the altar by someone called Blondie.Read more ›
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 ›
I am very happy there is a 23min interview with Chris Doyle.
Has anyone else noticed these issues on their blu-ray copy, or is it just on mine?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad that I have watched Wong Kar Wai's master pieces 'chungking express' & 'in the mood for love' prior to watching this film. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rootsdawtah
beautiful to look with a wonderful, atmospheric sountrack. Lots of characters who are at once likeable and detestable.Published 12 months ago by RK
I adore this film but when I bought it it was faulty and froze in certain sections so had to send it back for a refund but I will buy it again. Read morePublished 16 months ago by stephanie fuller
This film is 90 minutes of nothing. The characters are shallow, undeveloped dead ends who seem to spend the entirity of the film avoiding conversations with one another. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris Davies
'Fallen Angels' was the first Wong Kar-~Wai movie I had the pleasure to see: late as hell on BBC 2 as a teenager, and I was mesmerized by the wacky characters, casual, stuttering... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2012 by Rosco_Bear
For me this is second tier Wong Kar Wai, which means it's merely brilliant as opposed to the absolute perfection of Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2011 by Now Zoltan
This is similar to Chungking Express and is the unofficial sequel, I think it was supposed to be one film but was eventually swapped for darker themes Chungking Express ... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2010 by Paul M