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In the Mood for Love (2000)
"Fa yeung nin wa" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  9 March 2001 (USA)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.



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Credited cast:
Ping Lam Siu ...
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ...
Man living in Mr. Koo's apartment
Rebecca Pan ...
Mrs. Suen
Kelly Lai Chen ...
Mr. Ho (as Lai Chen)
Man-Lei Chan ...
Mr. Koo
Szu-Ying Chien ...
Amah (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
Roy Cheung ...
Mr. Chan (voice)
Paulyn Sun ...
Mrs. Chow (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-chun Chow
Kam-wah Koo
Hsien Yu


Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together as friends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts. Soon, they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair. Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates. Written by Anonymous

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Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In the Mood for Love  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£92,227 (UK) (27 October 2000)


ESP 125,406,499 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Kar Wai Wong found the English title for "In the Mood for Love" while listening to a song from a Bryan Ferry CD with a similar title, "I'm in the Mood for Love". It is a cover of a 1930s song with the same title, Kar Wai Wong used the title and the song in an early Hong Kong trailer of the film, and it was also used in the USA trailer of the film. See more »


At around 10:00, while they are using the rice cooker that Mr. Chan brought from his trip, Mrs. Chan's newspaper is inconsistently open/closed between shots. See more »


Chow Mo-wan: In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn't want to share... you know what they did?
Ah Ping: Have no idea.
Chow Mo-wan: They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.
Ah Ping: What a pain! I'd just go to get laid.
Chow Mo-wan: Not everyone's like you.
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Referenced in Lost in Translation (2003) See more »


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Moody Mis-en-scene
24 February 2003 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The most attractive factor that lies in this masterpiece of a film is not the beautiful lead actors. It isn't their outstanding acting and sizzling chemistry either.

To me, it is the mis-en-scene of the entire movie. The settings, the lighting, the props... all add to the mood for love between the main characters. A whiff of smoke from Chow's cigarette tells us his state of mind, the ever-changing tight-fitting cheongsams of Lizhen reflects the constraints of decision-making, the ruins of Angkor Wat ties in with the deteriorating relationship of the two leads.

The excellent use of mis-en-scene gives the film just the right amount of feel needed to flesh out the complicated nature of the characters' relationship. The film leaves the audience fruitlessly yearning for more.

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