In The Mood For Love

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Shown: January 14, 2017 at 6pm

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)