I love this film almost as much as I love Chungking Express, but I've been hesitant to rewatch it because there's a certain scene in the Takeshi Kaneshiro storyline which I find extremely devastating. I think the best way to describe Fallen Angels is as CE's naughty brother: it's about criminals rather than cops, it's set almost entirely during the night, and although the theme of loneliness and isolation in a frenetic city is continued, the interwoven stories are a…
The film covers all its bases in terms of contemporary societal issues: youth unemployment and alienation, class disparity, corruption in media and government as well as their close relationship, pharmaceutical company ethics, self-interest of lawyers, and the philosophy of individualism. And at the centre of it all is Kwangsoo playing a fish man.
It spreads itself a bit too thin though, and so its message is often limited to half-hearted jabs rather than a well-placed punch. Or, forgetting the film’s message,…
What rating do I give a movie that I loved almost every minute of, apart from the last 20 seconds of the ending which I completely despised?
That’s the situation I’m in here. The end of the final scene ruined everything the film had been building up towards. This is quite standard stuff for horror movies, I guess, but I thought this one did a great job at character building (Park Shin-hye has really changed my opinion of her for the…