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In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) (2000)

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  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PDX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXUM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • The Music of In The Mood For Love, Presented In an Interactive Essay
  • Alternate Ending and Deleted Scenes, Featuring Director's Commentary
  • Wong Kar-wai's documentary on the making of the film
  • Hua Yang De Nian Hua, a short film by Wong Kar-wai
  • Interviews With Wong Kar-wai
  • Q&A With Wong Kar-wai at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Press Conference With Stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival
  • An Essay By Critic/ Historian Gina Marchetti Illuminating the History Behind In The Mood For Love's Unique Setting
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers, Electronic Press Kit, TV Spots and Other Promotion Materials
  • 48-page booklet featuring "Intersection," a short story that influenced the film; an essay by film critic Li Cheuk-to; director's statement

Editorial Reviews

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan and Su Li-zhen move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are polite and formal-until a discovery about their respective spouses sparks an intimate bond. At once delicately mannered and visually stunning, Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments in time.

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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the Absence of Fate June 7, 2002
By E. Kim
Perfection in cinema is an almost impossible goal to achieve. Mostly because spectators have varying taste and perspectives. But you can't help but feel that Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love" is anything short of perfection. The imagery with its lush colors and breathtaking movements is enough to elevate this film. The simple, yet somewhat complicated tale is both heartfelt and authentic. And the performances by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are a marvel. But it's none of these that really makes this film, it's rather the manner that Kar-Wai so magically molds all these factors to set a mood that I have never felt before while watching a movie. In all honesty, I'm really not too fond of "forbidden love" movies, but this film really startled me.
Ironically, "In the Mood for Love" feels nothing like a Wong Kar-Wai film. It's a very slow moving film which uses lots of fades and dissolves. The Criterion edition of this film is probably the best dvd package I've seen to date. There are just so many extras on it, it's hard to believe. Deleted scenes, interviews, and promotional material, are just a few of the extras. The way Kar-Wai shoots his films (without a script) also adds to the suprise of picture. You see in the extras how much different the original concept was for "In the Mood for Love." There is also an alternate ending that seems very plain, but at the same time very heartbreaking.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars << Minimalist restraint >> November 27, 2001
By Galitt
Format:VHS Tape
Tony Leung is a journalist in Hong Kong, who rents a room with his wife in a family apartment. Next door, Maggie Cheung has done the same thing with her husband, who is almost always away on business.
As part of Kar-wai's game plan, neither the wife, nor the husband, is seen. They exist and are talked about, but never introduced.
Both Leung and Cheung's characters are painfully polite, which means you don't know what they're thinking. Even when it becomes obvious that their other halves are having an affair, it takes ages for either of them to respond. The idea of an emotional outburst would be unthinkable.
The film is so subtle and slow and internalized that it crystallizes into a thing of beauty. Longing has been choked by a thousand years of acceptable behavior. The cut of Cheung's dresses and the sheen of Leung's hair take on an unexpected importance in what appears to be Kar-wai's experiment into the purity of unconsummated passion.
By now this one is the most beautiful movie I had ever seen.
Every shot is like a poem. Each picture is a work of art.
I couldn't help myself from repeating the scenes again and again just to make sure i hadn't miss a thing.
A masterpiece.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist and Nostalgia March 21, 2003
In the Mood for Love is such a charm despite a very simple plot. The year was 1962. Chow Mo Wan, a newspaper editor, recently moved into a dwelling populated by Shanghai immigrants with his wife. Through casual and accidental encounters Chow exchanged pleasantry with So Lai Jun (Mrs. Chan) who later found out about her husband's affair with Chow's wife. Heartbroken and devastated of the cruel truth, Chow buried himself in his job while So indulged in nightly movie screening. They began to let down the guard for one another and spent time during the mahjong sessions of their landlords. The characters forced themselves to abide by inveterate conventions and cultural morale that forbid an affair to become fruition. ...
Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung as usual deliver an impeccable performance in this 2001 Wong Kar-Wai release. Leung portraited a man who is unsatisfied about his marriage and denied his spouse's infidelity. Cheung seizes the empathy of her character who is accustomed to hush about reason for his husband's frequent absence. Maggie Cheung is elegant and charming in this movie. Not to mention the dazzling wardrobe she wears consistently over the entire movie. Her leg movements are captured in slow motion. Her arms dangling with the thermos meant for the late-night porridge order-to-go from the street vendor.
The movie is shot through a minimalist scope, that is, message is conveyed through very succinct scripts and imagery full of lush colors and meticulously chosen soundtracks. The film is shot in a very stealthy manner; it is as if a pin camera being fastened on the wall of the apartment. Conversations between Leung and Cheung are shot in an eavesdropping manner. The director seeks to de-emphasize other characters in order to focus on Leung and Cheung.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful..... May 18, 2002
"In the Mood for Love" is simply one of the most beautiful films of the last several years. I cannot praise this film enough - the plot is at once simple and complex, the characters are both real and heartfelt, and the images are powerful and elegant. There really are so many positive things to say about this film, I'll try and hit the highlights for you.
The acting is superb - both Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung give impeccable performances filled with subtle emotion. They radiate a quietly powerful intensity that is so lacking is a great number of film stars today.
The story moves in ways both expected and surprising. The pacing is wonderful as the story unfold slowly before you. They're none of the lighting fast cuts and manic pacing of most films. It's a slower film for a patient audience willing to wait for their just rewards. The overall design of the film with the use of color and wardrobe stunned me with it's rich simplicity. The same can be said of the photography - rich with nuance (the way the shots are framed is remarkable) and feeling.
With "In the Mood for Love" Wong Kar-Wai has become one of the most skilled directors of our time with this film, proving that "Happy Together" (another brilliant film) wasn't a fluke. The Criterion Collection edition of the film is a two disc set that has an astonishing number of extras. After watching the film once, I watched the extras - then immediately watched the film again with a fresh eye to see how the entire thing was put together. I was truly impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a real love store no nudity at all just a romantic movie loved it
Published 13 days ago by KEITH COOPERWOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
A classic in Chinese cinema.
Published 16 days ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful film that I watched over and over again
This is a beautiful film that I watched over and over again, until I lent it to someone and never got it back. I am glad i was able to replace it.
Published 1 month ago by oscar levy
4.0 out of 5 stars General De Gaulle(?!)
Give director Wong Kar-Wei the chutzpah award. He pulls out all the stops here making "In the Mood for Love" a masterpiece of sight and sound. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by bartleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Beautiful
Loved it. The ambiance and atmosphere created by the filmmaker is superbly beautiful.
Published 3 months ago by Fernando Abruna
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing!!!
This is the greatest movie I have ever seen. Definitely in my top 5.
A real tear jerker...makes you think about you own love life. Genuine love-lost-story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars only cantonese but no mandarin audio
no mandarin audio as an option which is quite disappointing for mandarin speaker. the quality is very good so far.
Published 5 months ago by Seng Ith
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
But I actually want to use this space to complain about the region coding of blurays. I don't want to derail the rating of this release (heard it is a solid restauration) but In... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matthias Michelsen
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