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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

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: That era has passed. Nothing that belonged to it exists anymore.
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Connections

References Happy Together (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Hong Nian Hui Zhang Sheng
Performed by Zheng Jun Mian and Li Hang
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A Beautiful, Melancholic and Romantic Love Story
5 November 2004 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

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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