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FALLEN ANGELS:DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A beautiful young woman known as the Agent (Michele Reis) shares an apartment with Wong Chi-Ming (Leon Lai), a professional hit man whose assignments she books and whom she secretly loves. But when Wong, who doesn't believe in mixing business with pleasure, decides to quit his dangerous occupation, she persuades him to do one last job, with fatal consequences. Intertwined is another love story involving He Zhiwu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), an ex-convict who makes his living by reopening stores that have closed for the night and physically forcing customers to buy his goods, who has an affair with the hysterical Cherry (Charlie Young).

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
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. If you've seen Chungking Express, you'll recognise a continuation of the themes and settings, but this is a stand alone film all the same.

Wong Kar Wai is a stylist, no question, but a film stylist who makes sure that form and function are fused. Take for example his evocative and erotic mood piece, In the Mood for Love; stylistically opposite if anything, but equally compelling and evocative, a fusion of subject and style - like a great architect, perhaps. Together with Doyle, he makes sensuous images, passages of great visual drive that are loaded with stirrings of raw emotion and the promise of exotica.

And listen to the soundtrack: music and sound often fuse to hit the main artery that leads to your sensations. This is also possibly the only film you'll see in which a dead pig gets a full body massage. It's nothing if not offbeat and fresh. And often violent.

Fallen Angels won several awards and even more nominations at Hong Kong's Film Awards and Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.

Published December 26, 2007

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

FALLEN ANGELS:DVD (M)
(Hong Kong, 1995)

Duo luo tian shi

CAST: Laon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung, Karen Mok, Fai-hung Chan, Man-Lei Chan, Toru Saito

PRODUCER: Jeffrey Lau

DIRECTOR: Wong Kar Wai

SCRIPT: Wong Kar Wai

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Christopher Doyle

EDITOR: William Chang, Ming Lam Wong

MUSIC: Frankie Chan, Roel A. Garcia

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William Chang

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

PRESENTATION: 1.66:1 widescreen; DD 2.0

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Accent

DVD RELEASE: August 12, 2004







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