An experience you can't download

Genre: Romance

Fallen Angels (2020 Restoration)

Fallen Angels (2020 Restoration)

Lost souls reach out for human connection amidst the glimmering night world of Hong Kong in Wong Kar Wai’s hallucinatory, neon-soaked nocturne.

Originally conceived as a segment of CHUNGKING EXRESS, 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.

“An exhilarating rush of a movie, with all manner of go-for-broke visual bravura that expresses perfectly the free spirits of [Wong’s] bold young people.” (LA Times)

“I felt transported back to the 1960s films of Jean-Luc Godard. I was watching a film that was not afraid of its audience.” (Roger Ebert)

Wednesday, September 22
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

See both FALLEN ANGELS at 6:30 pm and CHUNGKING EXPRESS at 9:00 pm for one double bill price! $20 advance HERE | $20 at the door

Due to reduced capacity, advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <riomanagers@gmail.com> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

FALLEN ANGELS (Wong Kar Wai, 1995 / 98 mins / 14A / English subtitles) In this bifurcated crime narrative, a disillusioned hitman attempts to escape from his violent lifestyle against the wishes of his partner, who is infatuated with him, and an eccentric mute repeatedly encounters, then subsequently falls for a depressed woman looking for the prostitute who supposedly stole her ex-boyfriend’s affections.

Chungking Express (2020 Restoration)

Chungking Express (2020 Restoration)

The whiplash, double-pronged CHUNGKING EXPRESS is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie… Continue Reading

Valley Girl

Valley Girl

Although our man Nicolas Cage had appeared in small roles in films like FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, it was his breakthrough performance in Martha Coolidge‘s 80’s drenched, coming-of-age romantic comedy VALLEY GIRL that, like, totally put him on our radar, ya know? Lovely teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) is steeped in the excessive, pink-clad… Continue Reading

Annette

Annette

Visionary director Leos Carax (HOLY MOTORS) makes his English-language debut with the resplendent, quirky musical ANNETTE. Featuring an original story and music by Ron & Russell Mael of the band Sparks, ANNETTE follows a journey of love, passion, and fame. Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of… Continue Reading

In the Heights

In the Heights

The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of CRAZY RICH ASIANS invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… IN THE HEIGHTS! Lights up on Washington Heights… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street… Continue Reading

The Room

The Room

“Oh, hai Mark!” The Rio Theatre‘s Friday Late Night Movie series continues on September 10 (SOLD OUT! encore showing OCTOBER 15) with Tommy Wiseau‘s epic, pop-culture masterpiece, THE ROOM. This legendary stinker is easily the Rio Theatre audiences’ all-time, hands-down forever favourite “so bad, it’s good” movie. Among our collective guiltiest cinematic pleasure, it may… Continue Reading

In the Mood for Love (2020 Restoration)

In the Mood for Love (2020 Restoration)

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is… Continue Reading

Cagefest 2020: Leaving Las Vegas

Cagefest 2020: Leaving Las Vegas

“I’ll tell you, right now… I’m in love with you. But, be that as it may, i am not here to force my twisted soul into your life.” Cagefest – our (unofficial) Nicolas Cage Film Fest (aka, NIFF), a solid 5 days’ worth of our fave performances from one of our all-time favourite contemporary actors.… Continue Reading

Grease

Grease

“I got chills… They’re mul-ti-ply-in’…” It’s summer, which means we’re down for a little Summer Lovin’, Grease-style. And there’s no better way to experience your all-time favourite movie musical  – which has been rockin’ and rollin’ and what-not for over 40 years – than at the Rio Theatre, with a big-screen viewing of this 1978… Continue Reading

Portrait of A Lady on Fire

Portrait of A Lady on Fire

We’ve all been experiencing a little cabin fever lately, haven’t we…? So have the women in French writer-director Céline Sciamma‘s mesmerizing PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, an entrancing, erotic historical romance told through the painterly lens of “the female gaze.” Set on a remote, isolated French island in the late 18th century, the story… Continue Reading