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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Faa yeung nin wa (original title)
PG | | Drama, Romance | 9 March 2001 (USA)
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:
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Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Ping Lam Siu ...
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ...
Man living in Mr. Koo's apartment
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Mrs. Suen
Kelly Lai Chen ...
Mr. Ho (as Lai Chen)
Man-Lei Chan ...
Mr. Koo
Szu-Ying Chien ...
Amah (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
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Mr. Chan (voice)
Paulyn Sun ...
Mrs. Chow (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-chun Chow
Kam-Wah Koo
Hsien Yu
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,280, 4 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,734,044, 3 June 2001
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being the two primary antagonists of the piece, the characters of Mr. Chan and Mrs. Chow are never physically seen on-screen. Roy Cheung and Paulyn Sun, who play these respective characters, actually filmed scenes as their characters which were edited out of the final cut (these scenes are present on the DVD and Blu-ray as deleted scenes) and their presence only remains in the film as voice cameos. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Maria Elena
Original music and Spanish lyrics composed by Lorenzo Barcelata
English version lyrics by Bob Russell
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Originally published by Peer International Corporation of Mexico
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The most disarming romance ever filmed.
29 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

In 60s Hong Kong, a man and woman move in the same day into adjacent apartments with their respective spouses. Soon they suspect their ever absent spouses of having an affair with one-another. A strange bond emerges between the man and woman as they cope with their sadness by taking turns playing each other's spouse, before a more complex bond emerges...

No summary can do it justice, for Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love" is nothing short of a miracle. A story about sadness that manages to be touching and at times funny. A romance that never feels forced or fake. No doubt the director's method has a lot to do with that.

Directed from an inexistent screenplay (though the concept largely flows from a Japanese short story) to favor improvisation, the film is immediately set apart by the freshness of it's performances. All the film revolves around that and the rest is pure enhancement. At the core of the film are two characters that will ease into your heart and stay there long after the end credits roll: Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung are simply amazing and no language barrier undermines a single fragment of immediacy and truth they display. The additional material is also top-notch: the films is magnificent to behold (in part lensed by "Hero"'s Christopher Doyle) and the music is heartbreaking.

This is something everybody must see, if only because it is by far the most heartfelt, mature and authentic "love story" out there. Unmissable.


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