In the Mood for Love [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2000]

  • SKU: 20466973
  • Release Date: 10/02/2012
  • Rating: PG
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Special Features


  • "In the Mood for Love," Director Wong Karwai's documentary on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wong
  • Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
  • Archival interview with Wong and a "cinema lesson" given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack, featuring musical cues
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film

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



Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Asian cinema at its finest

    Posted
    nightw1ng
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    This Chinese movie has made the top 10 list of many movie critics, and after watching it, it's not hard to see why. Nearly everything was excellent. The acting, the script, the direction, the cinematography, and so on. It's like watching a painting in motion. I especially have to give props to the two lead actors, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. Both are superb actors, although Maggie really stole the show. I love when actors can convey emotions and thoughts without any words spoken. Concerning the director, Wong Kar Wai, I really can't say any more good things about him. He is a master of romantic films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A love story masterpiece

    Posted
    ToTheWonder
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Masterful presentation of romantic longing and fleeting moments that will evoke great memories if you have life experience in those particular subjects. Just a gorgeous, aching soundtrack. This Blu-ray version cleans up the audio and dialogue by restoring the LFE--which makes this purchase a worthy upgrade if you have prior versions of this masterpiece film. Everything works--Such a wonderful film!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best film for adults

    Posted
    dekooning

    In the Mood for Love captures the pain of unrequited love in a way no film I have ever seen has. less than a year after its release it became of The Criteron Collection. Only certain film are selected for this collection. The performances are excellent. Both of the actors portray more with their faces than with the words. Filmmaker Wong Kar-wai has made a film that will stand the test of time as one of the best films ever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpice

    Posted
    lepoinconneur
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    So much ink has already been spilled over Wong Kar-Wai's masterpiece. I'm not sure there is much I can add without simply echoing all the admiring sentiments expressed over. It is all it said to be and much more. The Blu Ray transfer just makes the viewing experience much more pleasurable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning colors

    Posted
    Inde
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Excellent foreign film. Loved it. Beautiful story amazing colors design

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good film

    Posted
    Thecrimsonbliss
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Very different, its a beautifully made film i would recommend to anyone who enjoys foreign films

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lush and Beautiful

    Posted
    Shadedpain4
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I adore everything about this film. Looks great on Blu-ray. Perfect music to go with the mood and visuals.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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