In the Mood for Love
Directed by Wong Kar Wai
Wong Kar-wai’s hauntingly beautiful film, In the Mood for Love (2000) deals with unfulfilled relationships, the fallibility of memory, and endings without resolution. Starring Tony Leung (Mr. Chow) and Maggie Cheung (Mrs. Chen), In the Mood for Love is the story of two couples that move into adjoining apartments on the same day. Over time, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chen realize that their frequently absent spouses are having an affair. At once deftly crafted and visually extravagant, it is a masterful evocation of fleeting moments in which “the told is not resolved but the telling is concluded” (Neupert). Original music is by Michael Galasso, with cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin.
Internationally acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai is associated with the Hong Kong second wave movement. His first film, As Tears Go By, was screened at the 1989 Cannes International Film Festival. His second film, Days of Being Wild, set in a vividly imagined 1960s, won five Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Ashes of Time premiered at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. Happy Together premiered at Cannes in 1997, where it won the Best Director award. In 2000, In the Mood for Love premiered at Cannes, where it received numerous accolades, including the Best Actor award for Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Four years later, Wong returned to Cannes with 2046, which continued to follow the life of In the Mood for Love’s lead character, Chow Mo-wen. His most recent film, My Blueberry Nights, is his first feature film in English.