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Director: Kar-Wai Wong     Starring: Maggie Cheung Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40164242
UPC: 715515012928
UPC 14: 00715515012928
Rating: NR
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Hong kong, 1962: chow mo-wan and su li-zhen move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their polite encounters are tempered by formality, until a discovery about their respective spouses sparks an intimate bond between them.
Editor's Note
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE centers around Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung), neighbors living in a crowded apartment building in 1962 Hong Kong. Both married to people who are always away, they spend many nights home alone. The two make each other's acquaintance and soon find that they have a lot in common: Both enjoy martial arts, frequent the same noodle stand--and eventually discover that their spouses are cheating on them. (Mo-Wan's wife is having an affair with Li-Zhen's husband.) Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates.

Wong Kar-Wai's seventh film reunites him with Leung and Cheung, who provide perfectly evocative performances as the two hesitant would-be lovers. A slight departure from his more recent films (in which he used hyperkinetic camera movements to reflect the frenetic pace of modern Hong Kong life), here Wong uses fixed shots and stages static tableaus to capture a lost historical moment. Yet the film is filled with Wong's unique style, with its lush pageantry of colors, sounds, and images. A thoughtful and provocative exploration of memory, tradition, historical change, inevitability, and love, this vivid period piece offers a rich cinematic experience.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/5/2002
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1580-D
Video UPC UPC: 00715515012928
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Cantonese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Chinese, Cantonese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Siu Ping-Lam
Video Cast Info Rebecca Pan
Video Cast Info Maggie Cheung
Video Cast Info Lai Chen
Video Cast Info Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Video Cast Info Christopher Doyle - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Michael Galasso - Composer
Video Cast Info Mark Li - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info William Chang - Art Director
Video Cast Info William Chang - Editor
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Producer
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Director

Memorable Quotes

"It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered, to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away."----Onscreen text that opens the film

"You're too polite."----Mrs. Suen (Rebecca Pan) to Su Li--Zhen (Maggie Cheung) and then later to Chow Mo--Wan (Tony Leung Chiu--Wai)

"If your wife wasn't so attractive, she'd be a worried woman."----Ah--Ping (Siu Ping--Lam) to Chow Mo--Wan, chastising him for working so late.

"You notice things if you pay attention."----Su Li--Zhen to Mister Ho (Lai Chin)|"You have my husband down pat. He's a real sweet talker."----Su Li--Zhen to Chow Mo--Wan

"We won't be like them."----Su Li--Zhen to Chow Mo--Wan

"I'm just an average guy, I don't have secrets like you."----Ah--Ping to Chow Mo--Wan

"That era has passed. Nothing that belonged to it exists any more. He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct."----Onscreen text that closes the film

Professional Reviews

Box Office
"...This is an astonishingly rich and multi-layered film that is possibly the director's finest to date..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 11/01/2000 p.153

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Haunting....[The stars] generate potent sexual chemistry..." 02/01/2001 p.32

Entertainment Weekly
"...It dazzles....As mood goes, this reticent, remembered romance is quietly erotic, probing all those 'almost' spaces in an almost love affair. As cinematography goes, it's luscious..." 02/16/2001 p.71

"...Ravishing, confounding....Hypnotic....An odd, suspended-in-time feel..." 02/01/2001 p.19

Los Angeles Times
"...A swooningly cinematic exploration of romantic longing, both restrained and sensual, luxuriating in color, texture and sound, this film raises its fascination with enveloping atmosphere and suppressed emotion to a ravishing, almost hypnotic level..." 02/02/2001 p.F2

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A lush story of unrequited love that looks the way its songs sound....The deep colors of film noir saturate the scenes..." 02/16/2001 p.39

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Product attributeActor:   Kar-Wai,Wong
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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