In The Mood For LoveDirector: Wong Kar-Wai
For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband's job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips. Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Neither respective spouse is ever shown in full, instead they are shot from the back or obscured by walls and furniture. Li-zhen and Chow soon strike up a cordial -- if tenative -- friendship. Chow begins to suspect that his wife's long absences are not entirely business related when he stops in unannounced at her office to discover that she is not there. Later, a colleague tells him that he saw his wife with another man. The icing on the cake comes when Chow notices that Li-zhen's handbag is identical to his wife's while Li-zhen discovers that Chow is wearing a tie that she gave her husband; it doesn't take long for them to realize that their spouses are sleeping together. Drawn together by shame and anger, Chow and Li-zhen reveal nothing of their discoveries to their partners. While working through their guilt by imagining how their adulterous spouses first hooked up and rehearsing interrogations, the pair slowly fall in love in spite of their determination to uphold their end of their marital vows. In the Mood for Love, which was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, barely made it to the fest's final slot; Wong Kar-wai was reportedly shooting scenes in Cambodia a week prior to the festival.
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Cast & Crew
|Tony Leung Chiu-Wai||Chow Mo-wan|
|Maggie Cheung||Su Li-zhen|
|Lai Chin||Mister Ho|
|Rebecca Pan||Mrs. Suen|
|William Chang||Editor,Production Designer|
|Michael Galasso||Score Composer|
|Man Lim-chung||Art Director|
|Shigeru Umebayashi||Score Composer|
|Chan Ye-Cheng||Executive Producer|
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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!
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.
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.
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.
Tony acted very well in this film , but maybe it is slow , however this is a good , worthy film to watch .