The movie lies somewhere between the real (in that it depicts how people really live in Hong Kong to a certain extent) and the surreal in that it follows this odd associative dream logic I just attempted to describe. So pretty much the same deal as Fallen Angels yet this movie felt somehow warmer. I don't mean that to be derogatory to Fallen Angels, both warmer movies and colder movies appeal to me in different ways.
Anyway, Wong Kar-Wai has not yet fully captured my imagination. But his work appeals to me probably because the weird associative logic of his narratives reminds me of my own tendencies in storytelling.