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Unique East-meet-West scores, beautiful in a despairing way
on March 23, 2003
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. Only "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" could be heard in full length in movie while almost all the other pieces were cut short and faded out. The tiptoeing movie theme "In the Mood for Love" is available in three cuts. If you like the music from the movie, you have to get this soundtrack. The movie experience will never be complete without the soundtrack. 4.3 stars.