By | 16 March 2019

In the Mood for Love 2000

If there is one word that can summarize the movie “In the Mood for Love”, “coincidence” is the answer.

In the Mood for Love tells the story of Chow Mo Wan‘s affair scandal and Su Li Zhen makes them both feel lonely. But it is precisely from that loneliness that comfort begins to wrestle with each other. Starting from the hobby of buying noodles near their homes to writing comics about Chinese martial history. However, unlike their partners having an affair, they choose not to get involved in any relationship.

Most directors definitely want to show off their skills in directing the style of the actors, the layout of the property, and so on in their pre-works. As with director Wong Kar-wai, at first this film will only tell the lives of two neighbors – who happened to be opposite types, like to buy snack noodles near where they live. But of course, the storyline of this film is made more complicated through coincidences that will appear throughout the film.


Synopsis of In the Mood for Love

“In the Mood for Love” was set in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Wong Kar-wai’s desire to photograph the reality of life at that time was also appreciated as one of the digital dioramas of Hong Kong history. This film describes the story of a man and woman (both of whom already have their respective partners) who unexpectedly moved to the floor of the same apartment building, on the same day. After some time, many irregularities began when Su Li Zhen’s husband and wife Chow Mo Wan often traveled for business purposes at the same time. Infidelity in a film is too ordinary. What is unusual is when the two parties are openly cheated on, choosing not to repay the dendam even though both of them feel the romance of each other.
In the Mood for Love Synopsis
In the Mood for Love Synopsis, Trailer And Cast: Chinese Movie

Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) is a newspaper editor who recently moved to a new apartment with his wife. At the same time, Su Li Zhen (Maggie Cheung), a beautiful secretary and her husband who is an executive also moved to the same new place as Chow. They are even neighbors.

Both Chow and Su are often left by their partners so that they become close to each other. Until one day they realized that their partner had an affair. With feelings of hurt and anger, they decided they would never do the same thing their partner did.


Trailer of In the Mood For Love

Details of In the Mood for Love

Title: In the Mood for Love (2000)
Original Title: 花樣 年華 (Fa yeung nin wa)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Music: Michael Galasso
Release date: September 29, 2000
Running time: 98 minutes
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, Shanghainese, French
Starring: Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Rebecca Pan


My Review of In the Mood for Love

Both the main actors and actresses played their roles very brilliantly. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai are the perfect cast for these roles. Without the need for a lot of dialogue, gesture and appearance of both of them have represented the message that the film wants to convey.

Chow’s character does indeed look very interesting and compassionate for anyone who sees, especially seeing his condition which is afflicted by his wife. But actually the character is actually the opposite. Everything is inseparable from the innocent look that begs Tony Leung Chiu-Wai so that people will think of Chow’s character as a hurt angel. Chow’s character looks resigned to the events that happened to him by accepting all situations that occur. But on the one hand, he wanted a new life with another woman, Su, who instead refused it instead, despite the fact that Su was even more interested in Chow.

While the character Su alias Mrs. Chan herself is a reflection of a weak woman who is confined to customs and traditions. Even the character is unable to make a simple choice just because of fear that is not known exactly where the source is. Knowing that her husband was having an affair, Su could not do anything, even indirectly he helped the boss’s affair at work. And finally Su’s character was the same as Chow who inevitably had to continue to struggle to maintain the household by pretending to accept her husband’s affair. Although he was helpless, he still met Chow clandestinely and pretended everything was fine when with his partner, which in fact was very painful.

The character of each Chow and Su pair is not completely displayed at all, by hiding the face and the camera only focuses on other parts such as the back of the body or hair only. We will be curious too, does Chow’s wife and Lu’s husband have an affair? Given that many scenes are deliberately made as if the assumption is true but a moment later a scene will appear which actually makes us not sure at all.

There are so many interesting scenes in this film, one of which is when Chow and Su play a role. Su asked her husband if he cheated, then slapped him. At that time Chow pretended to be her husband. From the role play we learn that someone who makes a mistake will not easily admit his mistake. Such a case where Su asks whether her husband is having an affair or not and the reaction of her “fake husband” answers “yes” quickly. But on the one hand, Su also didn’t want to hear a response that said “no”. Here, both Su and Chow learned how to overcome the feelings of those who were injured.

However, I like many things in this film. The settings, the cinematography, the wardrobe (especially those worn by Maggie and the Cheongsam), make-up, hairdo, music and unique angels. Only a slow time might be boring for some people. With the lack of dialogue, symbols that speak far more. Just like when Chow to Angkor Wat which means that when someone wants to devote a secret that cannot be talked to other people, then they have to go to the mountain, look for a tree and dig a hole to bury their secret there.


Cast of In the Mood for Love

Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen
Tony Leung as Chow Mo-wan
Siu Ping Lam as Ah Ping
Mrs. Rebecca Pan as Suen
Kelly Lai Chen as Mr. Ho
Chan Man-Lei as Mr. Koo
Chin Tsi-ang as the amah
Roy Cheung as Mr. Chan
Paulyn Sun as Mrs. Chow
Mr. Joe Cheung as a living man in Mr. Koo’s apartment

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