墮落天使 (Fallen Angels) 1995 M

6.00PM Wed 12 May 2021 (1hr 39mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Booked Out

SYNOPSIS

Fallen Angels will screen from a 4K digital restoration.

In the space of two years, Wong Kar Wai released Chungking Express 1994, the historical epic Ashes of Time 1994 and his neon-soaked ode to the city, Fallen Angels 1995. In an interview Wong explained, “The hitman (character) originally came from the third story of Chungking Express but I only shot two stories, hence I developed the (third).”

The ‘fallen angels’ stalking the backstreets of Wong Kar Wai’s Hong Kong are a wordless hitman (Leon Lai), his PVC-clad fixer (Michele Reis), a dolly punk with a Brigitte Lin-style wig (Karen Mok), a jilted lover (Charlie Yeung) and an anarchic ex-con (Takeshi Kaneshiro). Wilding in the city streets, their lives intersect but in true Wong Kar Wai style, hearts must be broken. In interviews for the release of the film, the director spoke of this emotional dislocation, “now everyone knows how to protect themselves; everyone understands loving someone can often hurt.”

With the exception of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Charlie Young, Fallen Angels features an entirely new cast, which lends an underground quality to the film, backed by the handheld, almost documentary, shooting style. With its freeform plotting and ultra-stylised aesthetics, Fallen Angels still feels contemporary, even two decades after its original release.

– Kristy Matheson, ACMI

Please note: tickets are available for sale online until 30 minutes prior to the screening (subject to availability). Door sales will not be available. A ticket is required for entry.

M | Medium level violence, Sexual references, Low level coarse language

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, COLOUR, MONO, 99 MINUTES, HONG KONG, CANTONESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WONG KAR WAI / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CHRISTOPHER DOYLE / EDITORS: WILLIAM CHANG, WONG MING-LAM / PROD CO: BLOCK 2 PICTURES, CHAN YE-CHENG, JET TONE PRODUCTION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: JANUS FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 4K RESTORATION DCP