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In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wah)
Directed by Wong Kar Wai
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“One of the most passionate, delicately rendered on-screen odes to yearning cinema has ever produced.”—Andrea Thompson, The Spool
One of the most rapturously romantic films of all time, Wong Kar Wai’s masterpiece is an alluring drama with ravishing period visual design. Set in Hong Kong in 1962, journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his wife move into a Hong Kong apartment, but his spouse is often away on business. Before long, the lonely Chow makes the acquaintance of his alluring neighbor Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk), whose own significant other also seems preoccupied with work. As the two friends realize their respective partners are cheating on them, they begin to fall for one another; however, neither wants to stoop to the level of the unfaithful spouses.
At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career. 2000, Hong Kong, 4K DCP, in Cantonese, Shanghainese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles, 98 minutes. Rated PG.