(out of 5)
Gorgeous film by Wong Kar-Wai about forbidden romance between two people caught in unhappy marriages. It’s 1962 in Hong Kong and Maggie Cheung and her frequently travelling husband have rented a room in the apartment of another family. Next door Tony Chiu Wai Leung 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.
Directed by Kar Wai Wong
Screenplay by Kar Wai Wong
Produced by Kar-Wai Wong
Production Design by William Chang
Costume Design by William Chang
Film Editing by William Chang