Fallen Angels

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Fallen Angels (1995)

96 min - Drama, Action, Romance - 6 September 1995
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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, 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.

Director:  Wong Kar-wai

Storyline

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, 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.


Collections: Wong Kar-wai

Genres: Drama, Action, Romance

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  6 September 1995

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Jet Tone Production, Chan Ye-Cheng

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 36 min

Fallen Angels is a 1995 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung, and Karen Mok.

Fallen Angels can be seen as a companion piece to Chungking Express. It was originally conceived as the third story for Chungking Express, but Fallen Angels can be considered a spiritual sequel due to similar themes, locations and methods of filming, while one of the main characters lives in the Chungking Mansions and works at the Midnight Express food stall.

The movie is composed of two stories that have little to do with each other except for a few casual run-ins when some of the characters happen to be in the same place at the same time. Both stories take place in Hong Kong.

Story One

The story begins with a hit man named Wong Chi-ming (Leon Lai) and a woman he calls his “partner.” They hardly know each other and rarely see each other but she cleans his dingy apartment in club clothes and faxes him blueprints of the places he’s to hit. Infatuated with him, she frequents the bar he goes to just to sit in his seat and daydream about him. One late night, Wong has a late night meal at McDonald’s where he meets Blondie, a wild prostitute. While they spend time together, she has illusions that he’s the ex-lover who left her for another woman. Wong’s partner finds out about the relationship and puts a hit out on him when he tells her he wants to quit, ending the partnership they have.

Story Two

Wong Chi-ming’s partner lives in the same building with Ho Chi-mo (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a crazy delinquent who escapes prison. She helps him elude the police when they are searching for him. Ho is mute and still lives with his father. For work, he breaks into other people’s businesses at night and sells their goods and services, often forcibly to unwilling customers. He keeps running into the same girl at night, Charlie. Every time they meet, she cries on his shoulder and tells him the same sob story. Her ex-boyfriend, Johnny, left her for a girl named Blondie. Together they play games to look for Blondie, go see soccer matches at the stadium, hang out in restaurants, and take rides on his motorcycle. He falls in love. Somehow they lose touch for a few months but they run into each other while he’s masquerading as a business owner. She’s in a stewardess uniform, mentally fit, and in a new healthy relationship. She seems to have forgotten all about Ho. [Wikipedia]

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