In The Mood For Love

In The Mood For Love

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Director: Wong Kar-Wai Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
, Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
, Lai Chin
Lai Chin
Wong Kar-Wai

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Overview

For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband's job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips. Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Neither respective spouse is ever shown in full, instead they are shot from the back or obscured by walls and furniture. Li-zhen and Chow soon strike up a cordial -- if tenative -- friendship. Chow begins to suspect that his wife's long absences are not entirely business related when he stops in unannounced at her office to discover that she is not there. Later, a colleague tells him that he saw his wife with another man. The icing on the cake comes when Chow notices that Li-zhen's handbag is identical to his wife's while Li-zhen discovers that Chow is wearing a tie that she gave her husband; it doesn't take long for them to realize that their spouses are sleeping together. Drawn together by shame and anger, Chow and Li-zhen reveal nothing of their discoveries to their partners. While working through their guilt by imagining how their adulterous spouses first hooked up and rehearsing interrogations, the pair slowly fall in love in spite of their determination to uphold their end of their marital vows. In the Mood for Love, which was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, barely made it to the fest's final slot; Wong Kar-wai was reportedly shooting scenes in Cambodia a week prior to the festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2012
UPC: 0715515099417
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 339

Special Features

"In the Mood for Love," Director Wong Karwai's documentary on the making of the film; Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wong; Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong; Archival interview with Wong and a "cinema lesson" given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai ; Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack, featuring musical cues; Trailers and TV spots; Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film

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