4K RESTORED VERSION
Alternative Title: 墮落天使
Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST ART DIRECTION
32nd Golden Horse Awards (1995)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Karen Mok)
BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
15th Hong Kong Film Awards (1996)
Lost souls reach out for human connection amidst Hong Kong’s glimmering night world 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, this hyper-cool head rush plays like the dark, moody flip side to Wong’s breakout feature as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners, including a coolly detached hitman (Leon Lai) 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 hardboiled noir and slapstick lunacy with giddy abandon, Fallen Angels is both a dizzying, dazzling city symphony and a poignant meditation on love, loss, and longing in a metropolis that never sleeps.
This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35 mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai.
Fallen Angels is newly presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, a format that Wong had originally envisioned for the film. “The restoration provides the opportunity to realize our artistic intention that we couldn’t have achieved technically twenty-five years ago,” says the director.
Director’s statement on the restoration
“With Fallen Angels, I have changed the format to CinemaScope, because it was originally what I had intended to release the film in. When we were cutting the film, we accidentally turned the Steenbeck on anamorphic instead of standard. I felt that the film looked much more interesting because the setting enhanced the distance of the characters on top of the extreme wide angle that we shot with. Back then, it was impossible to shoot a film in standard and release it in anamorphic. With this restoration, we have successfully fulfilled this wish.”
To see the full Retrospective: Wong Kar Wai programme, please refer here. The programme will run from 5 March to 4 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.
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