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In the Mood for Love Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, November 6, 2000
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  • Performer: Umebayshi Shigeru, Michael Galasso, Nat King Cole, Deng Bai Ying, Zhou Xuan, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 6, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: OmTown
  • ASIN: B000050G51
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yumeji's Theme - Umebayshi Shigeru
2. Mo-wan's Dialogue - In The Mood For Love ST
3. Angkor Wat Theme I - Michael Galasso
4. ITMFL I - Michael Galasso
5. Aquellos Ojos Verdes - Nat King Cole
6. Shuang Shuang Yan - Deng Bai Ying
7. ITMFL II - Michael Galasso
8. Radio Zhou Xuan Announcement/Hua Yang De Nian Hua - Zhou Xuan
9. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - Nat King Cole
10. Bengawan Solo - REBECCA PAN
11. ITMFL III - Michael Galasso
12. Si Lang Tan Mu - Tan Xin Pei
13. Shuang Ma Hui - Zhang Yun Xian/Hou Li Jun
14. Blue - Michael Galasso
15. Hong Niang Hui Zhang Sheng - Zheng Jun Mian/Li Hang
16. Li-zhen's Dialogue/Te Quiero Dijiste (Magic Is The Moonlight) - Nat King Cole
17. Angkor Wat Theme II - Michael Galasso
18. Yue Er Wan Wan Zhao Jiu Zhou - Chiu Wai Ping
19. Casanova's Flute - Michael Galasso
20. Yumeji's Theme/Li-zhen's Dialogue - Umebayasi Shigeru
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Music from the Chinese film

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Soundtracks are a mixed bag at best. Some are little more than an assortment of pieces, but others hang together effectively on their own, like this one. The idea of Chinese music--both popular and operatic--juxtaposed with the sounds of Nat King Cole performing Latin music might seem bizarre, but it works beautifully, sustaining a lush, romantic mood created both by the strings and the '40s Chinese music, itself a tinkling Hollywood pastiche. But as atmospheric as all this is, one track stands out above the others: "Blue," actually a version of the classic "St. James' Infirmary," takes on another dimension in Chinese hands. While familiar but completely alien at the same time, the slithering Asian sonorities mesh perfectly with the African-American form to create something evocative but with a sadness that goes beyond blues. The movie is of a time and place; the soundtrack is of a mood and yearning. Listen at night, with someone you love close by. --Chris Nickson

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I bought this soundtrack when the movie came out in the theaters here.
PlanetPapierMache
If you have seen the unbelievably good movie 'In The Mood For Love' then you know what a great soundtrack it had.
Susan Shams
WKW uses period music to evoke the emotions and feel of the time period of the film.
Jonah L. Walker

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Yau on March 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack is not only magnificient but significant, in the way it suggests the mood and aides in the story-telling. The film itself de-emphasizes almost all externalities including any supporting actors and actresses. Instead the music scores and the lush palette of colors take the important role of telling the stroy, suggesting the possible coming. Not too lengthy for a soundtrack, but the 40 minutes of music fill with a sense of blues, despair, nostalgia, and exoticism. The soundtrack begins with Yumeji's Theme, as a reviewer has previously noted, this piece written by Umebayashi Shigeru was originally used in a Seijun Suzuki film called "Yumeji" barely seen outside of Asia. What makes this soundtrack unique is the audacious juxtaposition of '40s Chinese music with Nat King Cole's portugaese legendaries. Zhou Xuan's "Ha yang de nien hua" brings back memories of the legendary diva who dominated the Shanghai music scenes more than 80 years ago. The piece tags perfectly into the mixed feelings of the characters: fidelity and decency will not allow them to have an affai no matter how intimate their bond has been. Nat King Cole's Quizás, Quizás, Quizás [Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps] is my favorite and it fits perfectly into the yearning mood of the film. "Perhaps he works late just like he tells me." "Perhaps she forgets to call me." "Perhaps we can have an affair" "Perhaps..." The soundtrack closes out with yet another beautifully done piece--Angkor Wat Theme Finale. At first I thought the movie DVD will be sufficient to capture all the scores and music pieces and yet I was mistaken.Read more ›
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By TUCO H. on November 11, 2001
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This is the first truly great Wong Kar-Wai film, in that he doesn't need a gun or martial arts or even sex to express himself magnificently. This is his stab into Antonioni territory by way of Scorsese-Taxi-Driver era slow-mo editing. The Romanticism isn't some bizarre subjective comic-book romanticism like in Chung-King Express or Fallen Angels, but something deeply painful and alienated and constratined by tradition, directly from the real world, again harking back to classic Antonioni films like "Red Desert." Wong doesn't really take us into the individuation of his characters too much, but then Wong has some way to go before he can say as much with his 'restraint' as Antonioni did with his.
The Soundtrack is 40 minutes of the most incredibly varied, sublimely beautiful music, MOST OF WHICH IS BARELY HEARD IN THE FILM. That's why If you think that by buying the DVD you'll get the soundtrack too, you're wrong. There's plenty more here. The 3 legendary Nat King Cole (in Spanish) tracks (many more unbelievable tracks are available on the original 16 Exitos on Capitol), the beautiful East-meets-West classical "Yumeji's Theme" by Umebayashi Shigeru (originally used in a Seijun Suzuki film called "Yumeji" barely see in the West), and the other magnificent east-meets-west classical pieces by Micheal Galasso are just the beginning; in between are sandwiced sublimely bizarre and beautiful rare Chinese pop & ethnic tracks that no one in the west has ever heard! This is the best soundtrack I've heard since "Apocalypse Now," and "Rumble Fish." Get it today!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Galitt on October 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ever felt alone in the night, blue and gray weather outside, smoking, slowly sipping your coffee, staring at the window? Just wishing to have the right music to listen to? This is the soundtrack for your feelings. Sultry, Warm, passionate and so elegant. A real winter music.
The most elegant of all Kar-wai Wong films soundtracks.
A cool atmosphere CD with brilliant mixing between western music (Nat King Cole) and modern east sounds.
Won't let you down.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Ann Favere on November 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The opening song is the ultimate mood music for falling in love. The rest of the album is an eclectic mix of the slow-paced and romantic Nat King Cole, with his American-accented Portuguese, and some great '60s Cantonese pop. Get it and love it -- and see the movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The music in this soundtrack is so fitting for the pace of this beautiful but sad love story told to us at a slow easy going pace. My favorite tract being Yumeji's Theme evokes deep emotions from within. Each time it plays in the movie there is no need for words as every glance, motion and thoughts are made known though left unsaid. In a time when movies only include the latest pop music for the sake of profit making this soundtrack rises above all as one which is fitting for the story it unfolds.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sherbertrose on October 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
With the declining quality of soundtracks these days where most of the tracks are not even heard in the film but put on there for the sake of having a hit single, this soundtrack was a breath of fresh air because it does an amazing job of what a soundtrack is supposed to do: take you back into the movie as the music drifts through your ears. I can't listen to "Yumeji's Theme" without seeing in my mind the characters slowly passing by each other with longing glances. Every piece of music fits the moment in the movie that they were used in so beautifully from the Chinese opera to Nat King Cole's tracks. This soundtrack is definitely worth owning if you're in the mood for the movie but don't have a DVD player available (like when you're driving in your car).
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