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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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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)
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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64 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
what the detractors are missing about this film, 25 July 2004
Author: mad elaine from usa

The following was excerpted from a wonderful essay by Momus, and nicely highlights the themes that this film is all about (which are totally missed by the complainers here who called it boring).

"Isolated, impulsive heroes, nocturnal locations, cool music... a violent world in which sensitive people nevertheless continue to dream romantic dreams indifferent to the surrounding carnage.

In 'Fallen Angels' this happens quite literally: Agent girl Michelle Reis moons and munches dreamily in the wideangle foreground while in the background a triad fight happens in slow motion.

It's the Walkman syndrome, a thing you notice when you visit the orient. The bigger the population, the more busy the city, the more people develop the ability to retreat into an inner isolation, the space of a snackbar, a tatami mat, a computer screen, a song playing on headphones.

In the next century we will all live like this.

Wong Kar Wei maps out a perfectly postmodern, perfectly oriental psychogeography of small, busy places which nevertheless become the spawning ground of ultra-private obsessions and infatuations. Love in his films is more likely to be expressed by someone breaking into your apartment and tidying it, or by masturbation, than a healthy clinch. It is the mindset of ultrafetish, and cinematographer Chris Doyle puts it into images: a clear plastic sheath worn over a Chinese silk dress, a mute riding the corpse of a pig in an abattoir, a blow up sex doll with its head stuck in an elevator door, being kicked insanely by a couple of ultra-romantic maniacs.

And there is the real star, the traum-city itself. Corridors, subways, neon, time lapse, travelators and low flying jets, trains, shopping arcades, Chung King Mansions stuffed to the gullets with sullen, sweating people cooled by antique electric fans, the scheming tattooed triads, outbursts of random violence, warehouses, chopping knives, video cameras, motorbikes speeding through tunnels, the multi-racial hand in hand with the super-commercial... Hong Kong insinuates itself into our imaginations as the ubertraumstadt, the place of ultimate nightmare and ultimate romance, where beauty is all the more poignant for its dark, cheap, pitiless setting and dreams are all the more necessary."

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