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  • Actors: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Directors: Wong Kar Wai
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XVKT8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the neon-washed underworld of present day Hong Kong, FALLEN ANGELS intertwines two exhilarating tales of love and isolation. First there the unconsummated love affair between a contract killer and a ravishing female agent who books his assignments and cleans up after his jobs, and the second about an ex convict who makes a living by re-opening shops that have closed for the night and intimidates customers into buying goods and services from him.

A poet of modern alienation, Wong s universe is populated with characters both dark and comic, magical and existential.

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Fallen Angels was originally planned as one section of director Wong Kar-Wai's best-known film, Chungking Express, but eventually it grew into its own distinct and delirious shape. In many ways, it may be the better film, a dark, frantic fun-house ride through Hong Kong's night-time world. Part of the film is a love story between two people who have barely met: a young, ultra-hip hit man (Leon Lai) and the dreamy operative (Michele Reis) who plans his jobs. Much of the movie is given over to a very strange subplot about a manic mute (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who goes on bizarre nocturnal prowls through a closed food market--like almost everything else in Wong's films, this is antic, stylish and oddly touching, all at the same time. It must be said that, also like Wong's other work, Fallen Angels is fragmented and oblique to the point of occasional incomprehensibility, but then suddenly something wild or wonderful happens, such as the moment when the killer leaves the scene of a spectacular shooting and is promptly waylaid by a cheerful old school chum on a public bus. These coups--whether lyrical, violent or simply "how on earth did they get that shot?"--are tossed off by Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle with all the cool of the hired killer, as though the movie were a cigarette dangling from a pair of oh-so-casual lips. This is exactly why so many otherwise calm critics fell all over themselves in hailing Wong Kar-Wai as one of the most exciting filmmakers of his generation. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As part of Wong Kar Wai's auteristic ouvre, Fallen Angels is one of the finest examples of the New Hong Kong New Wave cinematic genre. This film encompasses Wai's (with the help of cinematographer Chris Doyle) artistic talents, as well as his comedic and heart wrenching writing abilities. Telling the conjoined tales of a hitman and his female agent, as well as Takeshi Kaneshiro in a superb role as a mute, unemployed twenty-something, who forces his services upon members of the public (not in a rude way), Fallen Angels represents the fears of alienation upon the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule in a moving way, regardless of the country you come from.
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.
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Fallen Angels could have been so named due to its dropped origin as part of director Wong Kar Wai's previous film Chunking Express, emerging afterwards as a follow up. To hear the critics tell it, `Express' is his masterpiece, regularly making the `best movies ever made' lists along side such exalted company as your Citizens Kane's and Casablanca's. But for me Fallen Angels is, to date, the daddy of the Wong Kar Wai canon.

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.
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Format: Blu-ray
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. My reason for writing this review is to sing the praises of the all region US Kino blu-ray - the PQ here is jaw dropping, all the more so due to the difficult nature of the film (loads of speeded up shots, blurred shots, night scenes, smeary neon etc). Truly perfect, please God the same company tackle Days of Being Wild at some point. By the way I'd forgotten the closing song used in this movie - a certain UK one hit wonder you would never associate with an uber cool HK director, and yet it works perfectly - check it out, preferably in this edition.
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Format: Blu-ray
As there have been so many reviews of the actual film, I wanted to write about specifically the copy of the artificial eye blu-ray I bought. While the picture quality of the film (that I have grown to really like and enjoy more with every viewing) is excellent, sometimes the non-speaking audio is a bit off. The closest I can describe it is to a plane passing overhead in the distance. Almost like the audio is blurred. eg. when its raining, when the mute shuts up Midnight Express, even when he's being beaten up by a group of men in a cafe. I have a DVD of Fallen Angels and the audio never does this at any point.
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?
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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. Unmistakeably a Kar Wai film, but unlike the previous two film mentioned, Fallen Angels felt disjointed; there are moments of brilliance, then moments of is there really any direction - just firing bullets hoping some hit the target. However, Wong Kar's style is so captivating and unique, that you feel like you're watching a master at work even when you don't truly like the finished product.
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As part of Wong Kar Wai's auteristic ouvre, Fallen Angels is one of the finest examples of the New Hong Kong New Wave cinematic genre. This film encompasses Wai's (with the help of cinematographer Chris Doyle) artistic talents, as well as his comedic and heart wrenching writing abilities. Telling the conjoined tales of a hitman and his female agent, as well as Takeshi Kaneshiro in a superb role as a mute, unemployed twenty-something, who forces his services upon members of the public (not in a rude way), Fallen Angels represents the fears of alienation upon the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule in a moving way, regardless of the country you come from.
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.
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