Director : Wong Kar-Wai
Country : Hong Kong
Release Date : 2000
Duration : 100 mins
Language : Cantonese and French
Subtitles : Yes
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) move into neighbouring 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 a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.
“Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable.” (Tony Rayns – Time Out)