In The Mood For Love (Special Edition 2 Disc) [DVD] 
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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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Disc Menu is available in English, Spanish, French and Dutch
Soundtrack Languages: Cantonese, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish
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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.Read more ›
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.
I first came across this film after having seen (and loved!) Hero as the two actors portraying the lovers Broken Sword and Flying Snow in that film - Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung - are the main characters in this, and I was particularly impressed by their acting ability so made the purchase and was very impressed with this film too. The acting comes over as being very natural but the main area that this film stands out is in the way it has been directed. It has been filmed as a work of art - not just to tell a story but to frame a mood. Scenes full of dialogue are interspersed with slow-mo scenes of movement with musical accompaniment - the musical refrain being repeated at each of these segments. My wife found this quite irritating but I felt that it creates a style all it's own and portrays the longing of the characters just as powerfully as any speech. Not then a film for everyone - but I would much rather watch a film beautifully crafted like this than any Hugh Grant-type sloppy rubbish! A critically acclaimed Cannes winner - simply wonderful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a previous reviewer has point out, this edition doesn't have English subtitles. It is listed, but this needs to be made clearer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FX1
I'm a big Leung Chiu Wai fan, but I found this a bit boring, possibly after all the hype I'd read about it before seeing it. It was fine, definitely worth seeing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kath
If you enjoy the backs of people's heads filmed in narrow halls or from behind large clocks, then this is the film for you. Don't expect anything much to happen, though. Read morePublished 6 months ago by beatlebob
I'm sure this is an excellent movie- if only I could see it! I have tried two copies of this Tartan video, and cannot access the menu in either - it just doesn't work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John G
This film is a visually sumptuous evocation of early 1960s Hong Kong. It tells the story of two young professional couples - Maggie Cheung & her (unseen) husband, Tony Leung & his... Read morePublished 8 months ago by abkq