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Fallen Angels (1995)

Do lok tin si (original title)
This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writer:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Toru Saito ... Sato
To-Hoi Kong To-Hoi Kong ... Ah-hoi
Lee-Na Kwan Lee-Na Kwan ... Woman Pressed to Buy Vegetables
Yuhao Wu Yuhao Wu ... Man forced to have his clothes washed
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Storyline

A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool, detached partner. Thinking it's dangerous and improper to become involved with a colleague he sets out to find a surrogate for his affections. Against the sordid and surreal urban nightscape of contemporary Hong Kong, he crosses path with a strange drifter looking for her mysterious ex-boyfriend and an amusing mute trying to get the world's attention in his own unconventional ways. Written by Perry Yu <perry@pobox.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fallen Angels See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Features a character who wears a blonde wig, just like in Wong Kar-Wai's previous film Chungking Express. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.4 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Wang Ji Ta
Written by James Wong
Performed by Shirley Kwan
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Another of WKW's beautiful masterpiece
8 January 2006 | by marking50See all my reviews

WKW strikes back again with this wonderful - and different movie. The Hong Kong director brings us a unique story about loneliness. As other movies of WKW, this movies represents a wonderful visual experience. Great directing for 3 stories: The story of an assassin, lonely and living day to day deciding weather it's really worth continuing with his profession or not; the story of his partner, a beautiful woman who relies her loneliness on her obsession with her partner; and the story of a mute guy that works at night in all the closed stores and markets, and with the different encounters with a woman and his relation with his father. All three stories are stories of loneliness, of love affairs impossible to fulfill and of the wish of each one to find a meaning to their existence. Like in all movies of WKW, all characters are solitary. This movie is another one of the directors masterpieces, trying to describe all the lonely souls in Hong Kong and the impossibility of finding a meaning to their life, their professions and a meaning to love. A bizarre and great soundtrack, such as the great photography and stylish directing makes this movie a must-see in the Chinese's director.


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