In the Mood for Love

Criterion

In the Mood for Love

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Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has secured a place in the cinematic canon, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.

FILM INFO

  • Wong Kar-wai
  • Hong Kong
  • 2000
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Cantonese, Shanghainese
  • Spine #147

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Digital transfer (DVD edition); restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Mark Lee Ping-bin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (Blu-ray edition)
  • @ “In the Mood for Love,” director Wong Kar‑wai’s documentary on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wong
  • Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
  • Archival interview with Wong and a “cinema lesson” given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack, featuring musical cues (Blu-ray only)
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • The music of In the Mood for Love, presented in an interactive essay (DVD only)
  • Essay by film scholar Gina Marchetti illuminating the film’s unique setting (DVD only)
  • Photo gallery (DVD only)
  • Biographies of key cast and crew (DVD only)
  • Plus: An essay by film critic Steve Erickson (DVD and Blu-ray); a booklet featuring the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film (Blu-ray only)

Cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang