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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Faa yeung nin wa (original title)
PG | | Drama, Romance | 9 March 2001 (USA)
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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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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen - Mrs. Chan
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Ping Lam Siu Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung 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 Man-Lei Chan ... Mr. Koo
Szu-Ying Chien Szu-Ying Chien ... Amah (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
Roy Cheung ... Mr. Chan (voice)
Paulyn Sun Paulyn Sun ... Mrs. Chow (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-chun Chow Po-chun Chow
Kam-Wah Koo Kam-Wah Koo
Hsien Yu 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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Taglines:

Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Mood for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Maggie Cheung wears a different cheong-sam dress in each scene. There were 46 in all, though not all made it to the final cut. See more »

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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

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.
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In the Mood for a Lovely Film
4 May 2003 | by brooke-25See all my reviews

Beautiful film set in 1962 Hong Kong about a man (Mr. Chow) and woman (Mrs. Chan) who become close friends when they suspect their spouses are having an affair. Stylistically, the film is also beautiful. Wong Kar-Wai uses a lot of slow motion and close-ups on parts of the body (feet, hands, waist). The film itself has a reticence and properness that suggests its time period. It's sexy without showing everything. Wong Kar-Wai also doesn't allow the audience to see what the spouses look like, suggesting that Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan should be together. Smoking is even made to look elegant with close-ups of the curls of smoke. A really lovely film. Just prepare yourself for the ending.


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