Two neighbors 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.


Kar-Wai Wong


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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 (as Ping-Lam Siu)
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ... Man living in Mr. Koo's apartment (as Tung Joe Cheung)
Rebecca Pan ... Mrs. Suen
Kelly Lai Chen ... Mr. Ho (as Lai Chen)
Man-Lei Chan ... Mr. Koo
Kam-Wah Koo Kam-Wah Koo
Szu-Ying Chien ... Amah (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
Paulyn Sun ... Mrs. Chow (voice) (as Jia-Jun Sun)
Roy Cheung ... Mr. Chan (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-chun Chow Po-chun Chow
Hsien Yu Hsien Yu


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


Drama | Romance

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

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The original cut was 130 minutes long, before thirty-two minutes were edited out to achieve the ninety-nine minute theatrical cut. See more »


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 »


Chow Mo-wan: That handbag I saw you with this evening... Where did you buy it?
Su Li-zhen Chan: Why do you ask?
Chow Mo-wan: It looked so elegant. I want to get one for my wife.
Su Li-zhen Chan: Mr. Chow, you're so good to your wife!
Chow Mo-wan: Not really! My wife is so fussy. Her birthday is some days away. I don't know what to get her. Could you buy one for me to give her?
Su Li-zhen Chan: Maybe she wouldn't want one just exactly the same.
Chow Mo-wan: You're right, I didn't think of that.
Su Li-zhen Chan: A woman would mind.
Chow Mo-wan: Yes, especially since we're neighbors. Do they come in other colors?
Su Li-zhen Chan: I'd have to ask my ...
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Written by Ge Xin Chen (as Chen Ge Xin)
Performed by Xuan Zhou (as Zhou Xuan)
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Did I expect too much?
28 October 2000 | by Bu Lai EnSee all my reviews

It breaks my heart to say it, but 'In the Mood for Love' disappointed me really.

Let me start by saying that I am a major fan of Wang Kar Wai - he's my favourite Chinese director and Maggie Cheung is my favourite Chinese actress. I've been keenly anticipating this film for a long time and rushed out to see it on opening night, but it just didn't seem to make the grade.

There was a lot of good about the film. It started well. It had that 'soft touch' of a master-director. The costumes and background of 60s Hong Kong was superb. And the acting, especially Maggie's was great. There was some superb cinematography and mise-en-scene - the quick pans, crossing the line and other great touches, but the film just lacked something.

OK, this is the part where my criticism is weak. I can't put my finger on what it lacked. I'm tempted to suggest something to do with the story or the plot, but just look at my favourite Wang Kar Wai film, Days of Being Wild, and that criticism doesn't hold up. Maybe it was character. Maybe the romance just didn't quite seem to spark - no Tianmimi/Comrades this. Sorry, but to say what was wrong I'd have to go watch all his movies again then this one for comparison. That doesn't sound too bad, but not too practical for me at the moment.

All that said, this is still well worth a look, and of course a must see for fans.


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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$113,280, 4 February 2001

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1.66 : 1
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