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Fallen Angels (1995) More at IMDbPro »Do lok tin si (original title)

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Fallen Angels -- In this neo-noir fantasy, Leon Lai stars as a hitman who is the object of unrequited passion for two women: the female agent (Michele Reis) who hands down his assignments, and an orange-haired punkette named Baby (Karen Mok). Cantonese with English subtitles.
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A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Leon Lai ... Wong Chi-Ming / Killer
Michelle Reis ... The Killer's Agent (as Michele Reis)

Takeshi Kaneshiro ... He Zhiwu

Charlie Yeung ... Charlie / Cherry

Karen Mok ... Punkie / Blondie / Baby
Fai-Hung Chan ... The Man Forced to Eat Icecream
Man-Lei Chan ... He Zhiwu's father (as Chen Man Lei)
Toru Saito ... Sato
To-Hoi Kong ... Ah-hoi
Lee-Na Kwan ... Woman Pressed to Buy Vegetables
Yuhao Wu ... Man forced to have his clothes washed

Directed by
Kar Wai Wong 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kar Wai Wong 

Produced by
Jeffrey Lau .... producer
Norman Law Man .... associate producer
Jacky Yee Wah Pang .... executive producer
Kar Wai Wong .... executive producer
Original Music by
Frankie Chan 
Roel A. García 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Film Editing by
William Chang 
Ming Lam Wong 
Production Design by
William Chang 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
Makeup Department
Lee-Na Kwan .... makeup artist
Wu Xuhao .... hair stylist
Production Management
Carly Wong Tung Fa .... executive production manager
Agnes Leung .... assistant production manager
Jacky Yee Wah Pang .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johnnie Kong .... assistant director (as Johnny Kwong)
Sound Department
Xiaolong Cheng .... sound effects
Raymond Mak .... sound mixer
Leung Tai .... sound recordist
Doris Wang .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Kin-Kwan Poon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Guanghong Chen .... camera operator: second unit
Ping Bin Lee .... camera operator: second unit
Chi Ming Wong .... gaffer (as Wong Chi Ming)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chi-Ban Tin .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Ming Lam Wong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Shirley Kwan .... composer: song "Wang Ji Ta"
Other crew
Ji-chiang Kuo .... production assistant
Pak-Shing Leung .... continuity
Norman Law Man .... planner

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Also Known As:
"Do lok tin si" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Tears of Angels" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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96 min | Hong Kong:97 min
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The character He Zhiwu, who is mute but able to communicate with the audience through narration, tells us he became mute after eating a tin of pineapple with a past expiration date. A character in the earlier Kar Wai Wong film, Chungking Express (1994), is obsessed with the expiration dates on tins of pineapple. In addition, they are both named He Zhiwu (though the character in Chungking Express (1994) is a cop, and the character in this film is a former criminal) and both are played by the actor Takeshi Kaneshiro. Also his cop number and prisoner number are the same.See more »
[first lines]
The Killer's Agent:Are we still partners?
Wong Chi-Ming:[voiceover] 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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Everything you have seen before and nothing like anything you have seen before., 26 December 2005
Author: mllora3 from United States

One thing is for sure - it is everything you have seen before and nothing like anything you have seen before. As a Wong Kar-wai junkie, I have to admit - it is getting harder and harder to find a favorite - Fallen Angels is among the top three. In one sense I really loved Fallen Angels because it is full of the same urban angst brought up in Chungking Express. There is something utterly and strikingly gorgeous about Wong Kar-Wai's movies. The mise-en-scene and backdrops his characters inhabit in that give each scene a particular almost brooding feeling. Wong Kar-Wai's are lost and lonely in a world that is dark and full of despair. Fallen Angels is no different.

Fallen Angels' Hong Kong is alive in the evenings. One could argue that the cinematography captures a dreamlike state, pure urban neon, and erotic. In Fallen Angels we travel the gritty back alleys (reminiscent of Chunking Express) into underworld dives, dreary dive bars juxtaposed against a brightly-lit McDonalds. I have to say this... Wong Kar-wai does somewhat put me off with his product placement - but we have to finance our projects somehow, I guess.

Leon Lai's is a lazy hired killer. His portrayal, it can be argues is weighty and conjures up a sense of gaudy (almost caddy) persona. I am reminded of Yuddy in Days of Being Wild. Lai is wonderful as a contradiction of apathy and poetry. Lai plays it with a languid air. Every move is deliberate - smooth. Conversely, Michelle Reis' is his doppelganger - his manager. She is obsessed with him, becomes emotionally attached to him. I would argue that a sense of betrayal set the stage for the hit man's final demise. A nighttime ride in the back of a motorcycle with He Zhiwu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) leads me wonder is she has comes undone. Love though, and its many forms of cruelty is a recurring theme with Wong Kar-wai. Oh that sweet betrayal... He Zhiwu is a potent character. The relationship He Zhiwu develops with his father is proof positive that even in the broken world of dysfunctionality there resides a lotus from the marshes. The videotape sessions, at first almost humorous, forms yet another center of love shattered - sometimes we need to really treasure what we have lest it slip by so suddenly... he Zhiwu is a symbol of the lyricism of youth.

One has to admit, even after Chunking Express, Fallen Angels is different from any Hong Kong movie. Driven by inner monologue (much like the later much acclaimed The Follow from The Hire series) it draws one in. The languid tone and deeply erotic tale is one that will stand the test of time. Fallen Angels according to Teo takes over from where Chungking Express leaves of. I argue that it brought Chungking Express to a whole new realm. Fallen Angels is Chungking Express on steroids.

Miguel Llora

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