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In the Mood for Love (2000) More at IMDbPro »Fa yeung nin wa (original title)

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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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Release Date:
9 March 2001 (USA) See more »
Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 48 wins & 33 nominations See more »
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A Beautiful, Melancholic and Romantic Love Story See more (345 total) »


  (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)

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 Yee Wah Pang .... 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
Art Department
Ching-Geng Chan .... props
Fung-San Lui .... assistant art director
Ping Lam Siu .... props
Geng-Wah Tang .... props
Chi-On Wong .... property master
Other crew
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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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
98 min | Poland:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Maggie Cheung wears a different cheong-san dress in each scene. There were 46 in all, though not all made it to the final cut.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily':[picks up phone] Hello, Singapore Daily.
[into phone]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily':Hold on.
[turns to room]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily':Mr. Chow, call for you.
Chow Mo-wan:[hurriedly arrives to pick up phone] Thanks!
[into phone]
Chow Mo-wan:Hello?
Chow Mo-wan:[into phone] Hello?
[cuts to Mrs. Chan holding phone, she remains silent]
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25 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Beautiful, Melancholic and Romantic Love Story, 5 November 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Hong Kong, 1962, the editor Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his wife, and the secretary Su Li-Zhen Chan (Maggie Cheung) and her husband simultaneously move to an old building. Each couple has just rented a room in apartments on the same floor. Their wife and husband stay most of the time away from home, and Chow and Li-Zhen have the same habits: they like kung-fu stories and noodles and soap from a restaurant nearby the building. Their close contact becomes friendship and a sort of platonic and repressed love. Later they realize that their mates are having an affair, Chow falls in love with Li-Zhen, but her shyness and probably repressed condition of married woman keeps her love in a platonic level. 'In the Mood for Love' is a very slow, beautiful, melancholic and romantic love story, with a wonderful photography and soundtrack and a very unusual edition. The film had not had a screenplay, and the actors were never sure about what they would be shooting. Later, the director edited his story based on the footages. When Chow moves to Singapore, there is a gap of many years in the story until 1966, when its conclusion is intentionally open and not well defined, leaving questions such as who is the boy with Li-Zhen. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'Amor À Flor da Pele' ('Love on the Surface of the Skin')

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