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Rating: 9 stars

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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Directed by Wong Kar-wai

Drama | Romance | Eastern

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Overview

A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they both don’t want to be lonely in their marriage.

Length 98 minutes

Actors

Roy Cheung | Pauline Suen | Koo Kam-Wah | Chan Man-Lei | Joe Cheung Tung-Cho | Mama Hung | Siu Ping-Lam | Kelly Lai Chen | Rebecca Pan | Maggie Cheung | Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Viewing Notes

Stunningly beautiful film, almost languid in its pacing and cinematography. I was struck by the fact that almost every scene is shot either in close up or in very tight quarters, and almost all inside buildings or other confined spaces. There is no larger sense of what Hong Kong is like that might be traditionally shown via establishing shots. Combined with the fact that neither of the two protagonist’s spouses are ever shown, this serves to make the story very personal.

However, there is a deep sense of period conveyed via the clothing and social norms that more than makes up for that.

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