In The Mood For Love (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  Fa Yeung Nin Wa

Hong Kong/France2000.  Block 2 Pictures, Jet Tone Production, .  Screenplay by Kar Wai Wong.  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by Kar-Wai Wong.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by William Chang.  Film Editing by William Chang.  Cannes Film Festival 2000European Film Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

Gorgeous film by Wong Kar-Wai about forbidden romance between two people caught in unhappy marriages. It’s 1962 in Hong Kong and  and her frequently travelling husband have rented a room in the apartment of another family. Next door and his wife are also in the same situation renting a single room. Plot isn’t the hot issue here (the film was actually made without a script), and the story isn’t really a big romantic opus with plot points that unfold with each passing movement; here the mood is tranquil, the feeling is mellow, and Wong’s excellent use of period detail will make you feel as romantic as you do when sitting by a bay window and watching evening rain. A must-see.

The Criterion Collection:  #147

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