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Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels is a sequel of sorts to the director's 1994 U.S. breakthrough Chungking Express. Expanding on the latter's style, themes, and mood, Fallen Angels is set in the surreal milieu of urban, nighttime Hong Kong. As with the filmmaker's other features, plot takes a back seat to mood. The wisp of a narrative intercuts two story lines. The first follows a hitman (Leon Lai) who finds that the assassin's life has slowly lost its allure. Complicating his life is his beautiful contact (Michele Reis, a former Miss Hong Kong winner) who pines after him with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"An exhilarating rush of a movie, with all manner of go-for-broke visual bravura that expresses perfectly the free spirits of [Wong's] bold young people."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A densely packed suite of zany vignettes that have the autonomy of pop songs or stand-up comic riffs."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A brilliantly innovative filmmaker who gets his feelings across through the cheeky and sometimes surreal visuals and his cool style of filmmaking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's a lot more to Wong Kar-Wai than tremendous cinematic skill and distinctive style. He's got something to say about the modern condition."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Aptly demonstrates [Wong's] unique, undecipherable charm."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Examiner
"I felt transported back to the 1960s films of Jean-Luc Godard. I was watching a film that was not afraid of its audience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film is Wong's most visually striking, with Wong and Doyle constantly inventing intoxicating new angles for every shot."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fallen Angels lunges and chases after its rapidly receding subjects, looking to capture and preserve a trace of their presence before the sun rises and the shadows fade."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Like Wong's film stock, whose meager latitude won't let the eye deep into the image, Wong's characters, all 20-something slackers and grotesques, have the same lack of depth."
‑ Karen Achenbach, Boxoffice Magazine
"Wong has used practically every cinematic element available to him to create a mood of love gone off the track, drawn-out wishes, time passing emptily, and disconnection."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"Wong brings tremendous vigor and audacity to the effort, asking us to question the most basic rules of storytelling and commercial filmmaking."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Photographed by expat Australian Christopher Doyle, Fallen Angels is cinematic exuberance in the hands of a confident filmmaker who builds a montage, and serves you a smorgasbord of images and characters that inhabit a world you are invited to experience."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Stylish and mesmerizing... Equals the poignance of Chungking Express."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Fallen Angels is more challenging visually than any mainstream Hollywood film I've ever seen."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It has a life of its own, thanks to Wong's over-the-top blend of John Woo-like violence and almost surreal humor."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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