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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Faa yeung nin wa (original title)
PG | | Drama, Romance | 9 March 2001 (USA)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen - Mrs. Chan
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Ping Lam Siu Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping (as Ping-Lam Siu)
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ... Man living in Mr. Koo's apartment (as Tung Joe Cheung)
Rebecca Pan ... Mrs. Suen
Kelly Lai Chen ... Mr. Ho (as Lai Chen)
Man-Lei Chan ... Mr. Koo
Kam-Wah Koo Kam-Wah Koo
Szu-Ying Chien ... Amah (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
Paulyn Sun ... Mrs. Chow (voice) (as Jia-Jun Sun)
Roy Cheung ... Mr. Chan (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-chun Chow Po-chun Chow
Hsien Yu Hsien Yu
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Storyline

Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together as friends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts. Soon, they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair. Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Mood for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,280, 4 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,734,044, 3 June 2001
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the fifth collaboration between director Wong Kar-wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle out of their seven collaborations. See more »

Goofs

At around 10:00, while they are using the rice cooker that Mr. Chan brought from his trip, Mrs. Chan's newspaper is inconsistently open/closed between shots. See more »

Quotes

Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': [picks up phone] Hello, Singapore Daily.
[into phone]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': Hold on.
[turns to room]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': Mr. Chow, call for you.
Chow Mo-wan: [hurriedly arrives to pick up phone] Thanks!
[into phone]
Chow Mo-wan: Hello?
Chow Mo-wan: [into phone] Hello?
[cuts to Mrs. Chan holding phone, she remains silent]
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Featured in Nada Tenho de Meu: Angkor-Vat (Camboja) (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm In the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited) and lyrics by Dorothy Fields (uncredited)
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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Moody Mis-en-scene
24 February 2003 | by Fong_Chun_KinSee all my reviews

The most attractive factor that lies in this masterpiece of a film is not the beautiful lead actors. It isn't their outstanding acting and sizzling chemistry either.

To me, it is the mis-en-scene of the entire movie. The settings, the lighting, the props... all add to the mood for love between the main characters. A whiff of smoke from Chow's cigarette tells us his state of mind, the ever-changing tight-fitting cheongsams of Lizhen reflects the constraints of decision-making, the ruins of Angkor Wat ties in with the deteriorating relationship of the two leads.

The excellent use of mis-en-scene gives the film just the right amount of feel needed to flesh out the complicated nature of the characters' relationship. The film leaves the audience fruitlessly yearning for more.


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