In The Mood For Love

In The Mood For Love

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Director: Wong Kar-Wai

Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung, Lai Chin


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One of the most highly acclaimed films of 2000, Wong Kar-Wai's stylish romantic drama In the Mood for Love is given the Criterion Collection treatment, giving viewers hours of sublime pleasure. The two-disc set is definitive in many ways, although it does not contain a director's commentary track. Nevertheless, this is by far the most complete and fascinating


One of the most highly acclaimed films of 2000, Wong Kar-Wai's stylish romantic drama In the Mood for Love is given the Criterion Collection treatment, giving viewers hours of sublime pleasure. The two-disc set is definitive in many ways, although it does not contain a director's commentary track. Nevertheless, this is by far the most complete and fascinating DVD treatment given to a Wong Kar-Wai film. Disc one presents the film in a stunning new digital letterboxed transfer (1.66:1 enhanced) with a Dolby Digital 5.0 soundtrack in its original Cantonese and Shanghainese with optional English subtitles. The picture is luminous, sharp, and beautifully clear, perfectly showing off Christopher Doyle's and Mark Li Ping-Bin's memorable cinematography. Also available on the disc are numerous deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, a separate music-only track that highlights Michael Galasso's unforgettable score, and an early short film by Wong Kar-Wai. Disc two contains the meat of the supplemental material, of course. The major extra is a consistently fascinating documentary on all aspects of the film's production -- from the earliest stages of pre-production to the final result -- and should more than reward up-and-coming filmmakers as well as people with only a casual interest in what goes on behind the cameras. Also included is an interesting interview with the director, interviews with stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung from their Toronto International Film Festival press conference, trailers, electronic press skits, essays, and much more.

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In the Mood for Love is a lushly romantic, intensely sensual film, even though the two principals rarely so much as hold hands onscreen. The leads are photographed to emphasize their movie star looks, and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Maggie Cheung each give the sort of performance in which a glance or gesture means more than much of the dialogue. Director Wong Kar-wai's use of color, music, and sound is simultaneously nostalgic and refreshingly original. The gorgeous photography pours color through each scene, making everything from Li-Zhen's extraordinary dresses to the drab hallways seem beautiful. One often thinks of great cinematography as being stunning scenery, but the canvas here is of alleys, stairways, cramped offices, and even more cramped apartments and is every bit as breathtaking, perhaps even more so because beauty has been found in the most unexpected of places. Wong's use of tight shots and low lighting adds to the intimate atmosphere, as well as his reliance on a slow-moving camera that takes its time to absorb all that is going on, practically moving in sync with the music. Similarly, there is the continual presence of food. In scene after scene, the characters are either eating or preparing to eat, creating the feeling for the audience that they are peeking in on the characters' quieter, more personal moments. Throughout the film, what is unsaid is almost more important than what is actually said, and there is a sense that the film is a memory of one or both of the leads, looking back with regret at lost opportunities. In the Mood for Love ultimately provides a rare look at a director who is maturing as a cinematic storyteller.
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
Boldly mannered yet surprisingly delicate, In the Mood for Love is a wondrously perverse movie that not only evokes a lost moment in time but circles around an unrepresentable subject. Mood is the operative word.... Studied as it is, In the Mood for Love might have felt airless or static were it not for the oblique editing. Every artful contrivance is fuel for the fire, ashes of time scattered on the wind. "That era has passed" is the closing sentiment. "Nothing that belongs to it exists any more." Is In the Mood for Love Sirkian? Proustian? Can we speak of the Wongian? This 43-year-old writer-director is the most avant-garde of pop filmmakers (or vice versa).
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
In the Mood for Love is probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever, a spirit found in F. Scott Fitzgerald, the best Roxy Music and minor-key romantic movies.... The pining here is so graceful that you may be transfixed by it. Instead of explicit physical tangles Mr. Wong eroticizes each movement of his camera, something not many others could do because no one can cut within a camera move the way he does... This film goes so far in the other direction that there's a fetishistic fixation on clothes; the beautiful floral-patterned silk dresses worn by Ms. Cheung have a sexual charge.

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Special Features

Disc One: Deleted scenes with director's commentary; "The Music of In The Mood For Love," presented in sn interactive essay; "Hua Yang De Nian Hua," a short film by Wong Kar-wai.
Disc Two: Wong Kar-wai's documentary of the making of the film; interviews with Wong Kar-Wai; Toronto International Film Festival press conference with stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai; essay by film scholar Gina Marchetti; trailers; TV spots; electronic press kit and promotional concepts; photo gallery; cast and crew biographies.

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. "A Restless Moment" [4:41]
2. Propriety [4:20]
3. "We're Neighbors" [2:02]
4. Excuses [3:23]
5. Won-Ton Mein [2:24]
6. Saving Face [2:04]
7. Deceit [5:15]
8. Lonley Hearts [3:16]
9. Ties & Hangbags [3:27]
10. First Moves [5:04]
11. Cruel Realization [2:29]
12. Sesame Syrup [1:20]
13. Marital Life & Martial Arts [2:33]
14. Shared Interests [2:15]
15. Mahjong Marathon [6:11]
16. Romm 2046 [6:26]
17. Painful Rehearsal [3:32]
18. Distance [4:53]
19. "I Don't Want to Go Home Tonight" [7:44]
20. "Hua Yang De Nian Hua" [2:04]
21. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps [2:47]
22. Singapore, 1963 [2:38]
23. The Slippers [3:25]
24. Hong Kong, 1966 [4:22]
25. Cambadia, 1966 [:37]
26. Buried Secrets [3:31]
27. "Vanished Years" [5:27]
28. Color Bars [:01]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Ideas & Early Concepts [3:57]
2. Emotional Discovery [6:43]
3. Song & Dance [3:21]
4. Unusual Love Story [4:48]
5. Maturity/Style & Storytelling [5:24]
6. Shanghai & Cheong Sam [4:44]
7. Flower-like Years [3:04]
8. Finding Performances [3:59]
9. Love or Vengeance [4:33]
10. Simpler Times [3:31]
11. The End Is Near [1:32]
12. WKW World Tour [5:26]


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In The Mood For Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the mood for love.... Yes, it was the mood Mr. Wong created in the movie that fascinates his audience. We can hardly find a movie like this anymore. This is one of the most sensual and beautiful and romantic movies I've ever seen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie. Visually, it has to be one of the greatest films I've seen. The music is beautiful, too. Some may think it slow or boring. Recommended for those who can endure long yet benefical films. Overall, exquiste and masterful.
RedLantern More than 1 year ago
This is simply one of the most delicate and sensual means of storytelling ever displayed. An intensely insatiable film full of photographic splendor. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle & art director William Chang were able to stockpile their collective brilliance into nothing less than spellbinding perfection and funnel it out one frame at a time. Such evocative measures help translate Wong Kar-wai's distinctive mood to a wonderful tale of nostalgia and recollection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mood, the professional reviewers wrote, and one said that it ''swoons with romantic melancholy''. But that is not really it. It is longing, and it is a longing that may not ever be satisfied. This film, when presented to a culture of complete self-permissiveness marketed-cum-conditioned as the ultimate mode of selfhood, may not stand up to the scrutinity of movie viewers expecting to see some delightful, charming and graying rich man win the heart of some middle-(maybe lower) class woman (since that must be the plot inherent to nearly every US movie with ''love'' in its title). Daft American bashing aside, it is worth watching at least once. I saw it in the theatre, and I still think about it occasionally, and suddenly, as I did with Mike Leigh's Naked, and Himatsuri. It's quite affecting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tony acted very well in this film , but maybe it is slow , however this is a good , worthy film to watch .
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