Customer Reviews: In the Mood for Love
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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.
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on November 11, 2001
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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on October 8, 2001
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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on November 6, 2002
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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on October 23, 2003
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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on October 2, 2003
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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on August 7, 2001
The music is heart wrenching that leaves the listener nostalgic of a life that might have been. The chosen instruments, the songs, the background are all perfectly chosen to experience the meanings of uncontrollable loneliness and irresolute despair. One need not watch the movie to understand the underpinnings of this soundtrack. The pain and agony that exudes from this soundtrack is beyond comprehension, but only to those who have experience the main characters' lives.
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on February 10, 2006
Film soundtracks are often disappointing---there are songs from the movie that are not on the CD, songs on the CD that were not in the film, different versions of songs on the CD than in the film, etc.

Happily, this soundtrack is absolutely faithful to the film, and it is masterfully interwoven with dialogue excerpts from the film which complement and build on the music instead of being obtrusive. I don't understand a word of Chinese but still enjoyed listening to the actors' voices, and also liked the bits of traditional Chinese music as well. There are some tracks that I don't remember from the film but they are not throw-away filler in any way, just beautiful extras in the same vein.
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on July 10, 2002
If you have seen the film, I don't know why you're bothering to read these reviews; you already know you can't live without this CD.
If you haven't seen the film, this CD is like:
1. Actual heartbreak. The world-without-end sorrow that has value and makes life worth living. This element is also found in good red wines.
2. The third-to-last day before your soulmate comes home from a month long trip and you feel like you're not going to make it that long.
3. A sumptuous buffet of spicy, elegant treats from latin america and the east.
I can't imagine how this CD could disappoint you.
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on November 14, 2014
On of my favorite movies. My favorite romantic movie. If you are into films, read about how the music was selected and made, how the early sixties were very important times for Hong Kong and how the emigrants form Shanghai China running from the the communist after 1949 came to Hong Kong and had to crowd into the housing available and made for a thriving middle class. These are the characters depicted in this movie and the reason they seem so westernized. Shanghai was a very cosmopolitan city with many European communities and where a chines Hollywood like movie and musical industry existed right up until WW II started. Hong Kong became what it is now because of the influx of main China middle and upper class exiles and the free enterprise allowed by the British government. Freedom, imported intellect and plenty of available labor made Hong Kong what it became in the last 50 years. You can see glimpse of what it must been like as the backdrop of this love story. Very clever and very well made.
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