In the Mood For Love [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [2000]

One of the most highly acclaimed films of 2000, Wong Kar-Wai's stylish romantic drama In the Mood for Love is given the Criterion Collection treatment, giving viewers hours of sublime pleasure. The two-disc set is definitive in many ways, although it does not contain a director's commentary track. Nevertheless, this is by far the most complete and fascinating DVD treatment given to a Wong Kar-Wai film. Disc one presents the film in a stunning new digital letterboxed transfer (1.66:1 enhanced) with a Dolby Digital 5.0 soundtrack in its original Cantonese and Shanghainese with optional English subtitles. The picture is luminous, sharp, and beautifully clear, perfectly showing off Christopher Doyle's and Mark Li Ping-Bin's memorable cinematography. Also available on the disc are numerous deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, a separate music-only track that highlights Michael Galasso's unforgettable score, and an early short film by Wong Kar-Wai. Disc two contains the meat of the supplemental material, of course. The major extra is a consistently fascinating documentary on all aspects of the film's production -- from the earliest stages of pre-production to the final result -- and should more than reward up-and-coming filmmakers as well as people with only a casual interest in what goes on behind the cameras. Also included is an interesting interview with the director, interviews with stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung from their Toronto International Film Festival press conference, trailers, electronic press skits, essays, and much more.
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Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Dolby Digital 5.0 soundtrack
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • The music of "In the Mood for Love," presented in an interactive essay
  • "Hua Yang De Nian Hua," a short film by Wong Kar-Wai
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL Dual-layer edition
  • Disc Two:
  • "In the Mood for Love," Wong-Kar-Wai's documentary of the making of the film
  • Interviews with Wong Kar-Wai
  • Toronto International Film Festival press conference with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
  • Essay by film scholar Gina Marchetti illuminating the movie's unique setting
  • Trailers, TV spots, electronic press kit & promotional concepts photo gallery
  • Biographies of key cast & crew
  • Plus: A 48-page booklet featuring "Intersection," a short story that influenced the film; an essay by film critic Li Cheuk-to; director's statement

Synopsis

In The Mood For Love
For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband's job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips. Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Neither respective spouse is ever shown in full, instead they are shot from the back or obscured by walls and furniture. Li-zhen and Chow soon strike up a cordial -- if tenative -- friendship. Chow begins to suspect that his wife's long absences are not entirely business related when he stops in unannounced at her office to discover that she is not there. Later, a colleague tells him that he saw his wife with another man. The icing on the cake comes when Chow notices that Li-zhen's handbag is identical to his wife's while Li-zhen discovers that Chow is wearing a tie that she gave her husband; it doesn't take long for them to realize that their spouses are sleeping together. Drawn together by shame and anger, Chow and Li-zhen reveal nothing of their discoveries to their partners. While working through their guilt by imagining how their adulterous spouses first hooked up and rehearsing interrogations, the pair slowly fall in love in spite of their determination to uphold their end of their marital vows. In the Mood for Love, which was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, barely made it to the fest's final slot; Wong Kar-wai was reportedly shooting scenes in Cambodia a week prior to the festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Maggie Cheung
    Maggie Cheung - Su Li-zhen
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    Rebecca Pan - Mrs. Suen
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    Siu Ping-Lam - Ah-Ping

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