Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fallen Angels

Dir: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Leon Lai

In one of Narry Borman's many lives, he is a cop on the streets of Hong Kong who solves crimes by day, and at night, he sleeps. It's incredible.

Wong Kar Wai seems to have had similar ideas in the mid 90's. Fallen Angels and Chungking Express capture a kind of HK ethereal-ism - these films dip and dive out of a variety of people's lives, which have some minor tangential connection in practical terms, but are strongly interconnected in metaphysical terms.

The characters here are all on a journey, looking for something they can't quite grasp, but enjoying the view as they go.

As with all WKW films, it's heavy with symbolism, technique and obscure music. Unfortunately, there are moments (the black and white scenes, in particular) where Fallen Angels looks like a student film because of the indulgent technicality. Ignoring those moments, though, and FA is a beautifully shot film that is too cool for its own good.

Hate off to Michelle Reis for being a droolingly beautiful lead lady, and three cheers to WKW for making a deep film that is honest and humorous.

Rating: Hong Kong-tastic

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