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  • Summary: Chow Mo-wan rents a room in a Hong Kong apartment building. It's sheer coincidence that he moves in the same day that Su Li-zhen moves in next door. They never have a real conversation until Mr. Chow realizes that their respective spouses are having an affair. This discovery shocks both of them. Mr. Chow, feeling hurt and wishing to understand how the affair happened, begins finding excuses to spend time with Mrs. Chan. (USA Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. There may be no more sensual director in the world today than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 4, 2013
    In the Mood For Love is ravishing beyond mortal words.
  3. The sexiest movie of the year.
  4. 90
    Her (Cheung) gorgeously sad face and slow, lithe frame are the movie's hammer and chisel. One shot of her walking away from a rented room down a hallway is, all by itself, twice the movie of anything else currently in theaters.
  5. Although In the Mood for Love isn't in the mood for action, it dazzles with everything but.
  6. A stylistic tour de force, one that wordlessly emotes and wears its emotions on its literal silk sleeves.
  7. In the Mood for Love has novelty value, I suppose, and plenty of pretty camera moves, but it's not really a movie you can warm to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    "In The Mood For Love" is easily one of the best art-house achievements of the decade, striking all of the qualities a good film should have while remaining unique to itself. Wong's use of color, repetition, and his unique delivery of revelation and plot development complement perfectly to the two lead actors' performances, which were reason enough to watch this movie. Expand
  2. JMH
    May 7, 2012
    Wong Kar-Wai's 2000 In the Mood for Love may be the best film, thus far, of the 21st Century. In just over 90 minutes, it conveys, through a voyeur-like cameras eye and spot-on, often silent, acting from Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, an intensity of locked-up longing that's perhaps never been so captured on screen. The leads' spouses are having an affair, which brings them together unwittingly, though they too live in neighboring apartments. Initially joined by mutual heartbreak, they become joined by shared desire for one another that, in 1960s Hong Kong, is verboten. The leads are never joined through plain expression, but rather in often tense, mannered, scenes where they share a space (e.g., a cab) and communicate through just a glance or movement. And, in these scenes, the camera latches on to their subtle gestures with a yearning of its own that brings slight, soft acting full circle, giving it clear meaning. The leads encounter one another, repeatedly, in somewhat scripted, yet somehow not contrived, terms. An encounter might involve bumping in to a neighbor running a common daily (or nightly) errand. Indeed, an encounter of this sort becomes a centerpiece of the film, and the subject of perhaps the most entrancing visual sequences put to film in recent decades. In the Mood for Love is about quiet but telling action that, when enveloped by the camera, becomes loud. Wongs rich visuals tug the viewer into a muted world wrought with emotion. A feat many directors aspire toward. A feat Wong executes to perfection. Expand
  3. Feb 17, 2011
    Enchanting cinematic art

    Love has it's own erratic language in Wong Kar-Wai's masterful love-story which is set in Hong Kong 1962 and tells
    the story of news editor Chow Mo-Wan who has recently moved in to a crowded apartment complex with his wife, and at approximately the same time the beautiful secretary Su Li-Zen moves in to that same place with her husband. Chow and Sus spouses are often away on foreign travels due to their jobs which eventually leads to Chow and Su becoming more and more lonely. After numerous coincidental meetings in the neighborhood a conversation occurs and the news editor and secretary realizes the kinship of their situations. One night Chow invites Su to dinner confiding her in his suspicion about their spouses having an affair. Su admits that she's had similar thoughts, but none of them has any solid evidence. Their intimate conversation gradually turns to regular dinner meetings where these two modest individuals find a unifying chemistry, and in time a subtle romance comes to life.

    The two leading characters are portrayed as introverted, somewhat static and well educated people with high morals, and brought to life through Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung's low-keyed and emotionally demanding performances. Wong Kar-Wai wants us to emphasize with our hero and heroine even though we are aware of the fact that they are about to commit the same deception as their spouses have done. That one feels emphatic towards Chow and Su is hardy unavoidably considering what they are coming to terms with, but Wong Kar-Wai's real masterpiece is that he has us sitting through most of the film wishing for the main characters to become lovers. The esoteric dialog is convincingly communicated and Shigeru Umebayashi's theme song "Yumeji's Theme" is like a hymn to Chow and Su's tranquil and romantic friendship.

    "In the Mood for Love" is a film that lives on it's on terms and invites the viewer into a dreamlike, poetic and hypnotically beautiful universe. It's without clichés, filled with hope and contains lyrical shades that makes the film seem like one great love poem or an exploration of human behavior affected by love.

    This unforgettable slow-moving tale from one of the greatest visual storytellers in modern cinema stands alongside "The Piano" (1993) as one of the most profound love stories i've ever seen.
  4. Jun 30, 2013
    The movie is very slow moving and I assumed the pace would increase but, sadly, I was wrong. Nothing much really happens. The music gets very irritating. I think anyone could have played the roles of the main characters. The only praise I have is that it is quite artistic. I am somewhat perplexed as to why so many people adore this film. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2011
    it challenged my patience to watch this movie.i couldn't find any plot in this movie. i didn't push the slow motion button on my remote control,but why the movie was so slow?i just couldn't imagine if i pushed the slow motion button,what would happen to this movie?would it be more slower than usual? this movie's overhasty. Expand

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