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In the Mood for Love(花樣年華)

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Hong Kong, China · 2000
Rated PG · 1h 39m
Director Wong Kar-wai
Starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung, Rebecca Pan, Kelly Lai Chen
Genre Drama, Romance

In 1962 Hong Kong, neighbors Chow and Su are both suspecting their spouses of adultery. With the partners often away, the pair find solace in each other's company. Though their attraction is evident, Chow and Su must keep the bond platonic so as not to commit their spouses' same wrongs.

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What are people saying?

Lily Bradfield Profile picture for Lily Bradfield

This film is so beautiful—the iconic soundtrack, the costumes, the lighting, everything! A must watch if you want to feel nostalgic for the universal feeling of falling in love.

Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

This film is incredibly moving not despite, but because the writing and performances are beautifully understated. But the costumes, and Mrs. Chan's dresses are as iconic as Grace Kelly's in Rear Window or Cecelia's green dress in Atonement.

Stella Rumble Profile picture for Stella Rumble

An absolutely gorgeous film. The longing between the two characters combined with the beautiful camerawork make this into a truly impactful piece. It really sticks with you. Just a wonderful viewing experience.

Nikita Chinamanthur Profile picture for Nikita Chinamanthur

This film blew me away the first time I watched it on a tiny laptop screen. It also blew me away remastered in the Criterion Collection (highly, highly recommend this!) The two songs that play throughout, Quizas sung by Nat King Cole and Yumeji's Theme, haunt my favorite memories. Definitely the best of the informal trilogy (Days of Being Wild and 2046)!

What are critics saying?


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever.


USA Today by Mike Clark

A stylistically fastidious, exasperatingly affected package that will put most people in the mood for slumber.


Time by Richard Corliss

This enthralling, enigmatic, romantic drama from Asia's most influential auteur (Chungking Express) is an essay in appetite and inhibition.

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