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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Faa yeung nin wa (original title)
PG | | Drama, Romance | 9 March 2001 (USA)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writer:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen - Mrs. Chan
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Ping Lam Siu Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping (as Ping-Lam Siu)
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ... Man living in Mr. Koo's apartment (as Tung Joe Cheung)
Rebecca Pan ... Mrs. Suen
Kelly Lai Chen ... Mr. Ho (as Lai Chen)
Man-Lei Chan ... Mr. Koo
Kam-Wah Koo Kam-Wah Koo
Szu-Ying Chien ... Amah (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
Paulyn Sun ... Mrs. Chow (voice) (as Jia-Jun Sun)
Roy Cheung ... Mr. Chan (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-chun Chow Po-chun Chow
Hsien Yu Hsien Yu
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Storyline

Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together as friends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts. Soon, they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair. Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Feel the heat, keep the feeling burning, let the sensation explode.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Mood for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,280, 4 February 2001

Gross USA:

$2,738,980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,854,953
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite being the two primary antagonists of the piece, the characters of Mr. Chan and Mrs. Chow are never physically seen onscreen, Mrs. Chow only very briefly. Roy Cheung and Paulyn Sun, who played these respective characters, actually filmed scenes as their characters which were edited out of the final cut (these scenes are present on the DVD and Blu-ray as deleted scenes), and their presence only remains in the film as a voice cameo for Mr. Chan, and Mrs. Chow only has two short scenes and her face is never shown. See more »

Goofs

At around 10:00, while they are using the rice cooker that Mr. Chan brought from his trip, Mrs. Chan's newspaper is inconsistently open/closed between shots. See more »

Quotes

Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': [picks up phone] Hello, Singapore Daily.
[into phone]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': Hold on.
[turns to room]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': Mr. Chow, call for you.
Chow Mo-wan: [hurriedly arrives to pick up phone] Thanks!
[into phone]
Chow Mo-wan: Hello?
Chow Mo-wan: [into phone] Hello?
[cuts to Mrs. Chan holding phone, she remains silent]
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Connections

Referenced in Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm In the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited) and lyrics by Dorothy Fields (uncredited)
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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what a poetic way to make a film....
2 September 2004 | by lilaqueenSee all my reviews

When I fist watched the movie, I said to myself, "so a film can be made like this." Wong Kar Wai's gorgeous poetic love story captured me throughout and even after the film. I must admit this is one of the best love movies, maybe the best of all, I have ever watched. The content and the form overlaps perfectly. As watching the secret love we see the characters in bounded frames that limits their movements as well as their feelings. Beautiful camera angles and the lighting makes the feelings and the blues even touchable. I want to congratulate Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee for their fantastic cinematography which creates the mood for love. Also the music defines the sadness of the love which plays along the beautiful slow motion frames and shows the characters in despairing moods. And of course the performances of the actors which makes the love so real. Eventually, all the elements in the film combined in a perfect way under the direction of WKW and give the audience the feeling called love.


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