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In the Mood for Love (2000) More at IMDbPro »Faa 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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Director:
Writer:
Kar-Wai Wong (written by)
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Release Date:
9 March 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 51 wins & 34 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Wonderful Hong Kong Art-house. See more (350 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
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  (as Kar Wai Wong)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kar-Wai Wong  written by (as Kar Wai Wong)

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 (as Kar Wai Wong)
 
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
Jack Turner .... acquisitions executive
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Faa 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The original idea and inspiration for the film stemmed from a Japanese short story concerning two characters who often walk by each other in a stairwell, but do not converse. In that story the characters end up committing suicide.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Su Li-zhen Chan:You notice things if you pay attention.See more »
Soundtrack:
Maria ElenaSee more »

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46 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Hong Kong Art-house., 23 June 2005
Author: j30bell (j30bell@yahoo.co.uk) from London, England

Two people living in the same flat complex find their partners are having an affair with each other. As they try and piece together how it happened, they also embark on an emotional journey that aches for a resolution…

Building on his previous success with Happy Together and Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai gives us this rather old fashioned and marvellous story of reawakened passions, yearning and unrequited love.

Possibly, In the Mood for Love is not to everyone's taste. It wanders in rather lazily at 98mins: not particularly long for a film, but it appears longer because not a lot really happens. But this lazy feel conceals a quite tightly constructed film. Most of the story is cunningly woven around a series of set piece role plays, where the characters act out presumed scenarios between their respective spouses, trying to work out how the affair started. I say cunning because, of course, this makes it difficult for the audience (and the characters) to tell what is "in-role" and what is genuine.

If all this sounds rather arty and self-conscience, that's because it is. Unashamedly so. And it is played to perfection by two of Hong Kong's finest, Maggie Cheung and Leung Chui Wai, with some excellent support from Ping Lam Siu and Rebecca Pan.

It is also a virtuoso performance by Wong Kar Wai, who treats the audience to a sensory, and sensual, overload. Bringing together Christopher Doyle (who later deployed his lush, over-ripe style on Hero) and Pin Bing Lee (whose beautifully understated style can be seen on Springtime in a Small Town) was cinematographic genius. It has all the bold beauty of Doyle, without, frankly, the Athena-poster cheesiness of his work on Hero. The music, as always with Wong, is prominent. From Nat King Cole singing in Spanish, to the haunting strings of the main theme, it perfectly matches the eclectic beauty of the images.

All in all a top film, whether judged on plot, acting, cinematography or soundtrack. Similar to, but more accessible than, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, this is a beautiful, old fashioned story about love lost and regained.

And watch out for Tony Leung's hotel room 2046, which presaged Wong's recent film of the same name.

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