A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool, detached partner. Thinking it's dangerous and improper to become involved with a colleague he sets out to find a surrogate for his affections. Against the sordid and surreal urban nightscape of contemporary Hong Kong, he crosses path with a strange drifter looking for her mysterious ex-boyfriend and an amusing mute trying to get the world's attention in his own unconventional ways.Written by
Perry Yu <email@example.com>
After the sunshine and bright daytime colors of Chungking Express, director Wong Kar-Wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle wanted to instead focus on neon, night time, and grunge for this film. See more »
The Killer's Agent:
Are we still partners?
We've been business partners for nearly three years. This is the first time we've ever sat together. We hardly ever see each other. I know how hard it is for a man to control his passion. Partners shouldn't get emotionally involved with each other.
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I loved Chungking Express, so I did enjoy this movie. However, Fallen Angels suffers from what many sequels suffer from--too big a reliance on things that worked in the first film.
Chungking Express showcased Wong's trademark stylized camerawork. But Fallen Angels went over the top. I felt like I was watching a prolonged music video. The oblique camera angles, quick pans and other assorted camera tricks detracted from the stories. At times, the story didn't progress at all. Chungking Express had two distinct plots where you really cared about the characters and where they were headed.
It also seemed like Wong tried to reproduce the quirkiness of his previous characters in Chungking Express, but this time with tedious, over-the-top excess. Watching Takeshi overact got really tiresome, whereas in Chungking Express it was funny and charming.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie. Perhaps it was too much of a good thing (after Chungking Express)? Wong Kar-wei is still the master, though.
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