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In The Mood For Love (Special Edition 2 Disc) [DVD] [2000]

4.1 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung, Rebecca Pan
  • Directors: Kar-Wai Wong
  • Writers: Kar-Wai Wong
  • Producers: Kar-Wai Wong, Gilles Ciment, Jacky Yee Wah Pang, William Chang, Ye-cheng Chan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, French
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QG2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,996 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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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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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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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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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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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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In The Mood For Love is a wonderful romance film directed by the acclaimed Wong Kar-Wai. The main characters - Chow and Li-zhen, are neighbours having moved to their apartments on the same day. Both come to realise that their respective spouses (whom you never see the faces of) are having an affair and this draws them together along with a shared interest in reading/writing martial arts stories. They soon become attracted to each other but face the dilemma of becoming no better than their cheating partners if they too start an intimate relationship together.

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.
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