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In the Mood for Love
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Genres: Foreign, Drama, Romance, Romantic Drama, Foreign Drama, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cinema, Criterion Collection

Cast: Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Director: Wong Kar Wai

Synopsis: Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Hero's Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Irma Vep's Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses sparks an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, directed by Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express), is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and its exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle (2046) and Mark Lee Ping-bin (Flight of the Red Balloon), this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, as well as a milestone in Wong's redoubtable career.

Language: Cantonese

Country of Origin: Hong Kong

Production Year: 2000

Reviews:

  • "Breathtakingly gorgeous... Dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from cinema forever.", A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • "An ecstatic vision... An evanescent masterpiece.", Manchla Dargis, LA Weekly

Awards:

  • 2001: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Cannes Film Festival
  • 2001: Winner, Best Cinematography, National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
  • 2001: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
  • 2001: Winner, Best Cinematography, New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 2001: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 2000: Winner, Best Actor, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Cannes Film Festival

In the Mood for Love
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