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In the Mood for Love

Wong's paean to the agony'n ecstasy of buttoned-up emotions is a kind-of sequel to Days of Being Wild, shaped and scored as a valse triste. In Hong Kong, 1962, Mr Chow (Leung) and Mrs Chan (Cheung) are neighbours who discover that their spouses are having an affair. He finds excuses to spend time with her, apparently intending to jilt her. Then they fall in love, but (aside from one reckless moment in a hotel) repress their feelings. He runs away to work as a journalist in Singapore; in 1966, covering De Gaulle's state visit to Cambodia, he's in Angkor Wat trying to unburden himself of the secret which overwhelms his life... Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable. Career-best performances from both leads, Leung having a Cannes 'Best Actor' prize to show for his.

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Wong Kar-wai
Screenwriter: Wong Kar-wai
Cast: Chin Tsi-Ang
Siu Ping-Lam
Rebecca Pan
Maggie Cheung
Tony Leung Leung Chiu-Wai
Lai Chin

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5 / 5

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Lisa

My cult-movie of all times. Not for those who don't get understatements, though.

Lisa

My cult-movie of all times. Not for those who don't get understatements, though.