In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

  • Director: Kar-Wai Wong
  • Countries of origin: Hong Kong, China
  • Language: Cantonese, Shanghainese, French, Spanish
  • Release date: March 9, 2001
  • Runtime: 1h 38min
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66 : 1
  • Also known as: Three Stories About Food
  • "In the Mood for Love" is a romance film directed by Wong Kar-wai and starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung . It was released in Hong Kong, China on September 29, 2000.
    The film uses Hong Kong in the 1960s as the background . It tells the story of Su Lizhen and Zhou Muyun after they discovered that their spouses had an extramarital affair   . In 2000, Tony Leung Chiu Wai won the Best Actor Award at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival for the film   . In 2001, the film won the French Film Caesar Award for Best Foreign Language Film   . In 2009, the film was selected as the first "Best Asian Film" by CNN   .
    In September 2019, the film was ranked 5th in the "100 Best Films of the 21st Century" by the British "Guardian"   .
    On February 19, 2020, the film will be released in a 4K restoration and will have its world premiere in the "Cannes Classics" section of the 73rd Cannes International Film Festival to commemorate the 20th anniversary of "In the Mood for Love". 


    • Release date March 9, 2001
    • Filming locations Thailand
    • Production companies Block 2 Pictures, Jet Tone Production, Orly Films

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    • By Rasheed 2022-07-13 13:03:15

      In The Mood For Love--Metaphorical Love

      Movies are the art of storytelling, but stories definitely have a theme. Wong Kar-wai used extramarital affairs as a background story, deeply telling how two frustrated middle-aged men and women approached love step by step. He used a lot of props to enhance the details. For example, when the two of them got wet for the first time, they each took out a white handkerchief to wipe the rain; Mr. Zhou's tie; Su...

    • By Jerrold 2022-04-23 07:01:44

      In the Mood for Love is too beautiful

      This movie of two thousand years

      may be the last movie I watched with my parents and my family of three.

      I watched it when I was a freshman. I didn't understand

      it. Now I probably understand it,

      so I wanted to satirize the family of three sitting

      in the movie theater. But when I watched the movie, what did my father and mother think about? Yes, there is bread . From what I know, our family had a good life in those years, and there should be some...

    • By Zoe 2022-04-23 07:01:44

      love and sanity

      It's been more than half a year since I graduated, and I've been busy most of the time, or at least pretending to be busy. I haven't watched a movie quietly for a long time, and I haven't written anything.

      love. The seemingly unintentional two people had their own experiences, and after the id was suppressed, the love suddenly broke out at that moment, silent, colorless and tasteless, and a hole was quietly exploded in their hearts. new look. At this moment, if they can cultivate into...

    • By Heloise 2022-04-23 07:01:44

      Seeking love in the cracks

      Su Lizhen lay on Zhou Muyun's shoulder and sobbed in pain, surrounded by dark street corners, and between the camera and them, there was an iron fence like a cage. This scene became the epitome of their love.

      the beginning of the film, there are almost no wide-open panoramic shots, and most of them are close-ups and close-ups. The interweaving of characters occurs mostly in the corridors. The corridor was so narrow that it was almost impossible for two people to stand side...

    • By Keanu 2022-04-23 07:01:44

      The Age of Intoxication: The Melancholy of Grace

      Turning it over and looking at it, I am inexplicably moved, and every time I watch it, I feel different...
      I think "In the Mood for Love" is Wong Kar-wai's most touching film. The issue of identity and separation is a very grand proposition, and we need to talk about it bit by bit...
      Family ethics is the motif of Dianmao urban dramas. Of course, this is also a story of two cities, which is derived from the inheritance of old Shanghai movies. Very simple, extramarital affairs, Zhou...

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    • By Evalyn 2022-11-29 16:21:35

      Wong Kar-wai's films have always been out of the way. Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and his interpretations seem to have caused a cheongsam fever at that...

    • By Sophie 2022-11-29 06:32:48

      Tie rice cooker, bag with sesame paste, rainy day, big drunk man; don't cry, just try, not real, then let the words left in the cracks sprout; Quizas, Quizas,...

    • By Muhammad 2022-11-07 10:47:23

      Brush to the big screen. Breathtaking, even the subtitles are...

    • By Rico 2022-10-29 00:34:21

      Playing with flirtatious taste, I believe that no one in China can compare to Wong Kar Wai. In the absence of strong storytelling in the text, the emotional expression of the film is breathtaking. And in the discussion of the ambiguity and reality of the relationship between men and women, the narrative has been closed. The high overall score of the film lies in the beautiful costume design, and the costume show and the art setting of Man Yu's delayed dazzling will be difficult to be...

    • By Magnolia 2022-10-27 04:35:10

      If I have one more ferry ticket, will you go with me? If you have one more ferry ticket, will you take me with...

    Movie plot

    In Hong Kong in 1962, two young white-collar couples became neighbours, but Mrs. Zhou and Mr. Chen actually gang up and become an adulterer, while Zhou Muyun ( played by Tony Leung) and Mrs. Chen's wife Su Lizhen ( played by Maggie Cheung) were kept in the dark. Later, Zhou Muyun and Su Lizhen discovered the secrets of their spouses, and the two abandoned by their spouses began to meet and discuss possible future events together.
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    Behind the scenes gags

    During the filming of the film, Tony Leung couldn't bear the appearance of combing his hair. Once, Tony Leung’s oily hair combed for three days could not be washed off, and later he used dishwashing liquid to clean his hair.
    Originally, all the roles of the film were played by Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, including the other half of the male and female protagonist, the landlord, and passers-by. However, it was too difficult to film, so...
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    "In the Mood for Love", with its unique film language and narrative mode, as well as the unique style characteristics of Wong Kar-wai's unique mark, realizes the perfect combination of form and content. Through the unique film narrative mode, the film exudes a refined temperament and long-term connotation. Wong Kar-wai shot the simple story in the film to be euphemistic and moving. The story of the film is not redundant from beginning...
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    Movie quotes

    • Su Li-zhen Chan: You notice things if you pay attention.

    • Chow Mo-wan: In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn't want to share... you know what they did?

      Ah Ping: Have no idea.

      Chow Mo-wan: They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.

      Ah Ping: What a pain! I'd just go to get laid.

      Chow Mo-wan: Not everyone's like you.

    • Caption: He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.