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In the Mood for Love -- A man and a woman move in to neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extra-marital activities.

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Writer:
Kar Wai Wong (written by)
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Release Date:
29 September 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.
Plot:
A man and a woman move in to neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extramarital activities. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 35 wins & 27 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Nostalgic, elegiac tale of doomed romance See more (294 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen - Mrs. Chan

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan
Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping
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
Julien Carbon ... French tourist (uncredited)
Laurent Courtiaud ... French reporter (uncredited)
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself (1966 visit to Cambodia) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Kar Wai Wong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kar Wai Wong  written by

Produced by
Ye-cheng Chan .... executive producer
William Chang .... associate producer
Gilles Ciment .... co-executive producer
Jacky Pang Yee Wah .... associate producer (as Jacky Pang Yee-Wah)
Kar Wai Wong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Galasso  (as Mike Galasso)
Shigeru Umebayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Pung-Leung Kwan 
Ping Bin Lee  (as Mark Lee Ping-bin)
 
Film Editing by
William Chang 
 
Production Design by
William Chang 
 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johnnie Kong .... assistant director
Ken Siu .... assistant director
 
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Ping Lam Siu .... property master
 
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Tony Rayns .... subtitler: english
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fa yeung nin wa" - Hong Kong (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
Runtime:
98 min | Poland:94 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Filming took 15 months.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before Su Li-zhen bestowed her landlady with a electric rice cooker, there already was one sitting on the kitchen counter in an earlier scene.See more »
Quotes:
Chow Mo-wan:That handbag I saw you with this evening... Where did you buy it?
Su Li-zhen Chan:Why do you ask?
Chow Mo-wan:It looked so elegant. I want to get one for my wife.
Su Li-zhen Chan:Mr. Chow, you're so good to your wife!
Chow Mo-wan:Not really! My wife is so fussy. Her birthday is some days away. I don't know what to get her. Could you buy one for me to give her?
Su Li-zhen Chan:Maybe she wouldn't want one just exactly the same.
Chow Mo-wan:You're right, I didn't think of that.
Su Li-zhen Chan:A woman would mind.
Chow Mo-wan:Yes, especially since we're neighbors. Do they come in other colors?
Su Li-zhen Chan:I'd have to ask my husband.
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Soundtrack:
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143 out of 160 people found the following review useful.
Nostalgic, elegiac tale of doomed romance, 6 March 2002
Author: Sean Choi from CA, USA

I think that New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell wrote the best one line review of In the Mood for Love when he said that it is "dizzy with a romantic spirit that's been missing from the cinema forever." How true those words are! Truly romantic films are so rare these days, while films that include plenty of sex and nudity (which are often portrayed in a smutty and gratuitous manner) abound. So, given this cinematic climate, Wong Kar-wai's latest film feels like a much needed breath of fresh air. In the Mood for Love is about the doomed romance between two neighbors ("Mr. Chow," played by Tony Leung and "Mrs. Chan," played by Maggie Cheung), whose spouses are having an illicit affair, as they try "not to be like them." But after hanging out with each other on lonely nights (while their spouses are away "on business"/"taking care of a sick mother"), they fall madly in love, and must resist the temptation of going too far.

Several factors are responsible for making In the Mood for Love a new classic among "romantic melodramas," in the best sense of that term. First, the specific period of the film (i.e. 1960's Hong Kong) is faithfully recreated to an astonishing degree of detail. The clothes (including Maggie Cheung's lovely dresses), the music (e.g. Nat King Cole), and the overall atmosphere of this film evokes a nostalgia for that specific period. Second, Christopher Doyle's award-winning, breathtakingly beautiful cinematography creates an environment which not only envelopes its two main characters, but seems to ooze with romantic longing in every one of its sumptuous, meticulously composed frame. Make no mistake about it: In the Mood for Love was the most gorgeous film of 2001. (It should also be mentioned that Wong Kar-wai's usual hyper-kinetic visual style is (understandably) toned down for this film, although his pallet remain just as colorful.) Third, there is the haunting score by Michael Galasso, which is accompanied by slow motion sequences of, e.g. Chan walking in her elegant dresses, Chan and Chow "glancing" at each other as they pass one another on the stairs, and other beautiful scenes which etch themselves into one's memory. The main score--which makes its instruments sound as though they're literally crying--is heard eight times throughout various points in the film and it serves to highlight the sadness and the longing which the two main characters feel. Fourth, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung both deliver wonderful performances (Leung won the prize for best actor at Cannes) and they manage to generate real chemistry on screen.

The above elements coalesce and work so nicely together to create a film that feels timeless, "dizzyingly romantic," and, in a word, magical. In the Mood for Love, perhaps more than any other film of 2001, reminded me why it is that I love "going to the movies." And I guess that is about the highest compliment that I can pay to a film.

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