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In The Mood For Love [DVD]

Maggie Cheung , Tony Leung , Chris Doyle    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Rebecca Pan, Lui Chun, Sui Ping-Lam
  • Directors: Chris Doyle
  • Producers: Michael Galasso
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979KB2M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Hong Kong, 1962. Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung) and her husband rent a room in the same building as Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and his wife. After a while, and with their partners seemingly always away on business, Mr Chow and Mrs Chan become friends, their hesitant, considerate relationship making their nights alone more bearable. But why do their spouses spend so much time away? And why is it always at the same time? Directed by Wong Kar-Wai ('Chungking Express'), this finely detailed, beautifully photographed love story was widely acclaimed by critics all over the world.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hong Kong 'Brief Encounter' 3 July 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Here is a film that fills all your senses to saturation point, that takes as it's cue the idea that each minute detail in a moment carries equal weight and hat some people do rise above the mundane in their search for love.
Every frame of this film is lovingly prepared and the screen bursts with the vibrancy of its colours whilst keeping the protagonists in an emotional dead calm, where they cannot quite overcome their own sensibilities. Some may indeed find the film slow, perhaps indulgent. But that is to miss the point - when one falls in love on savours every moment, every feeling. Each resonates in our minds and amplifies in our heart to form a new, more powerful memory. When those feelings cannot be acted upon, then life becomes a secret trade in dreams and whispers.
Chow (Tony Leung, as great a presence as Gregory Peck on the screen) and Su Li-zhen (the effortlessly graceful Maggie Cheung)are neighbours in a Hong Kong tenament block. Both are married to spouses we never fully see, just hear in conversations or phone calls. Both appear slightly isolated from their place in the world. Chow dreams of writing kung-fu series for a living whilst Su waits to become a mother. Through a series of quilted scenes (one of the joys of the movie is how scenes are repeated, refracted, revisited and we are never quite sure of the timeline of the story) we learn, just before the characters themselves do, that their spouses are infact having an affair. They are drawn to each other not so much by this but by the loneliness of their spouses' absences. Converstaions are hesistant, filled with silences. The camera prowls around,viewing them from a slightly greater distance than normal. Often half the frame is obscured in the tenament by a door, a desk or a body.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 8 July 2001
In The Mood For Love is a film of such outstanding quality that it is difficult to know how to adequately describe it. In terms of cinematography, it is faultless, with the composition of each shot apparently considered equally as fine art. Each scene is constructed with an aesthetic so perfect as to be almost wounding. Having said that, this is a beautifully human film and visual impact is never allowed to overwhelm the narrative. The two principle characters are played with a subtlety and compassion echoed by and understood by the camera.
The alchemy of the achievement is completed by a beautiful soundtrack in which the setting resonates and that keeps the audience in touch with and enchanted by the humanity and tenderness expressed by the two protagonists. Overall the experience is breathtaking. It is hard to think of a better example of the art of filmmaking. A jewel. Absolutely wonderful.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous feast of cinematography 31 Mar 2001
The only word for "In the Mood for Love" is sumptuous. The film is set in 1960s Hong Kong and its exquisite cinematography captures the look and feel of the era perfectly - from the steam of the Chinese noodle vendors and formica furniture of the main characters' appartments to the perfect copies of American haistyles and Twiggy-style dresses sported by Maggie Cheung. But there's also a deep sadness to the film, and a sheer electricity between the lead 'couple' that will leave you spellbound - the sexual tension between the two is palpable. It's sensual, tense and engaging stuff: see it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unusual film with haunting music 31 Aug 2011
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I first heard the huanting music to this film which whet my curiosity to search out the film, and on the strength of the reviews on Amazon I bough the dvd and its second part, "2046" which I have yet to see. It is undoubtedly a good film, the characters are played well, the editing is razor-sharp and in the early scenes set in the cramped alleyways and tenements of 1960s Hong Kong it is very convincing. It does lose its way a bit, particularly towards the end where it does become very vague to the point of irritation. Perhaps the director had always intended to make a sequel and left it that way. Those of you who hate reading sub-titles will find it quite a challenge flipping between reading these and not missing the fine acting - it certainly requires your complete concentration or you can get lost in it. Some of your reviewers have perhaps been too gushing in their praise of this film - yes it is good, and certainly above the run of the mill romance, but I doubt if it would anyone's top 50 must see films. About 3.0 to 3.5 stars is about right for this film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is surely one of THE most gorgeous and beautiful films of all time.
A heart pulling love story of two strangers brought together by their respective partner's infidelities, their loneliness radiate toward you and you'd feel a great pull of sympathy. Tony Leung is an actor I have admired for a long, long time and feel that he will be regarded as one of the great Asian actors. The softness he brings and the subtle sense of melancholy to all his actions is astounding. Maggie Cheung matches Leung's performance, her elegancy and beauty is beyond expression.

The story is a perfect sentiment of the sting of unrequited love, emotions and feelings The notion of fidelity portrayed in the film seems outdated today, but it is exactly the main characters' adherence to that notion which makes the entire story so touchingly tragic, as they refer to their respective spouses, "not be like them" whilst tackling their own desires.

Everything, the setting, the make-up, the clothes, the dialogue, the light, and (first of all) the soundtrack, is just incredibly beautiful. You can't take your eyes off the screen

The magic in the movie is not that it is a constant thrill-a-minute ride, it's in the feeling it gives. After I saw this movie for the first time, I was left feeling touched like I couldn't imagine a movie to do so. It left me longing for something.

Wong Kar-Wai is a favourite of mine and this is his best film, and my favourite film. I recommend this film to anyone and everyone - please give it 90 minutes of your life - it will stay with you for much longer than that. See 2046, Chungking Express and Happy Together for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance.
Whilst this was a beautiful film with many redeeming features, it left me feeling nothing afterwards. Read more
Published 2 months ago by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars constellation of luninaries
I write for various reasons, and often review films. With many I can enjoy the film (or not), appraise it, describe it's strengths and weaknesses, critique it's world view and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cjbevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Observed, Deeply Felt
For this year 2000 masterpiece, Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai continued with his well-trodden theme of (apparently) lonely individuals seeking companionship and love, but unlike in his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars the best ever
the movie of my life...I have no words to describe how much this film touched me. It is an unique masterpiece.
Published 10 months ago by Atomei Alina cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I first saw this at the cinema and thoroughly enjoyed it, so having the DVD is a treat. The story, the acting and cinematography are summarised elsewhere. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christian Halpin
4.0 out of 5 stars A look, a touch
The assured direction of Wong Kar-Wai prevents this implicitly erotic film from lapsing into bathos, as do the central performances by Tony Leung and Maggie Chung, as two cuckolded... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Insightful into a past era of Hong Kong life. Enjoyed the strong, sexual tension.
Probably more a woman's film although my husband did enjoy it.
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitling requires more thought
This was good film marred by the subtitles at times being impossible to read as they were washed out by the background colours. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Cerium
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful!
In my opinion this film is a definite must for all cinema lovers and is in my opinion Kar-Wai's most audience friendly film. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by S. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film and a work of art yet unequalled by Wong Kar Wai
This film fills your aural and visual senses and then puts sledgehammer to your heart. A masterpiece of betrayal, longing and unrequited love, the film is also nostalgic, taking... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by Yanni Sis
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