Wong Kar Wai

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

Lost souls reach out for human connection amid a glimmering Hong Kong in Wong Kar Wai’s hallucinatory, neon-soaked nocturne. Originally conceived as a segment of Chungking Express only to spin off on its own woozy axis, Fallen Angels plays like the dark, moody flip side of its predecessor as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners, including a coolly detached hit man (Leon Lai Ming) looking to go straight; his business partner (Michelle Reis), who secretly yearns for him; and a mute delinquent (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who wreaks mischief by night. Swinging between hard-boiled noir and slapstick lunacy with giddy abandon, the film is both a dizzying, dazzling city symphony and a poignant meditation on love, loss, and longing in a metropolis that never sleeps.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 1995
  • 99 minutes
  • Black and White/Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Cantonese

Available In

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World of Wong Kar Wai

World of Wong Kar Wai

Blu-ray Box Set

7 Discs


Fallen Angels
Leon Lai
Wong Chi-Ming
Michelle Reis
Takeshi Kaneshiro
He Zhi Wu
Charlie Young Choi Nei
Charlie Young
Karen Mok Man Wai
Wong Kar Wai
Wong Kar Wai
Written by
Wong Kar Wai
Executive producer
Chan Ye Cheng
Jacky Pang Yee Wah
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle
Production designer
William Chang Suk Ping
Edited by
William Chang Suk Ping
Wong Ming Lam
Music by
Frankie Chan


World of Wong Kar Wai: Like the Most Beautiful Times
World of Wong Kar Wai: Like the Most Beautiful Times

By marrying the glamour of golden-age Hollywood to a quicksilver formal daring influenced by a wide range of artists, the Hong Kong auteur became one of the coolest and most beloved filmmakers in the world in the 1990s.

By John Powers