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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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Director:
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:
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 48 wins & 29 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful, Elegant and Restrained See more (337 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)

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
 
Art Department
Ping Lam Siu .... 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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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:
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 »
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 shotsSee more »
Quotes:
Caption:It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered... to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Aquellos Ojos VerdesSee more »

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73 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, Elegant and Restrained, 29 January 2005
Author: mikecalla from Toronto, Canada

I won't bore you with story and plot lines, as they have been presented many times already on this page, so… It's been along time coming since I have seen such a film. Beautiful, elegant and restrained, with a narrative pace to match. A film with sensitivity and understated qualities that is rare in these times of clichéd plots. The beautifully subdued photography, saturated in rich luxurious colors, and for lack of better words, each frame is filled with an air of tension. The settings and locations are used repeatedly but the film manages to breath new life into them each time they featured, there always seems to be a key prop, light fixture, or set piece to slightly clue the audience as to where we are in the characters world.

The acting reminds me of the "The Bicycle Thief", not the style, but the fact that you forget that you are watching two actors engaged in their craft. There is meaning behind every gesture and almost every movement has assigned significance to explain the inside world of the characters, the relationship, the feelings, and situation of the two lovers. The dialogue is sparse but like the rest of the movie, is imbued with meaning. Speaking of meaning, the soundtrack is infectious. Used here it becomes a story telling device. And although the film is of Chinese origins, even a song sung in Spanish by Nat King Cole imparts the film with subtle meaning. The orchestrated soundtrack is repetitive, but the repetition is what makes it comfortable. It is used in conjunction with the story, and not just a means to put music to action, or to cue the audience to feel a certain way at a certain plot point.

I would not recommend this film to anybody, I fear most people would be jaded by the calm flow of the story, but I would recommend it to someone who is looking for an alternative to the romantic schlock that fills the multiplexes on our side of the world. I must say that I was completely taken by this film, and continued to watch it night after night. The story takes time to present itself and bears repeated viewings as very few films in this genre are open to such a broad interpretation. A very beautiful movie.

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