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In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa) (2000)

  Directed by: Kar Wai Wong
Written by: Kar Wai Wong
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Links: In the Mood for Love on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 10.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa) (2000) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996).

"A not quite love story" - a review by timchuma

Set in 1960's Hong Kong, Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung) and Mr Chow (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) move in next door to each other with their respective partners.

They are sharing apartments with two separate families and during the move some of their possessions get mixed up. This is when Mr Chow and Mrs Chan first meet, but it is not the last.

They both settle in to their apartments well and go about their lives. For some strange reason, we never see the faces of Mr Chan and Mrs Chow, which is important but it is not explained fully.

Everything is not what it seems, however, as Mrs Chow keeps working late and Mr Chan is always away on business. Mrs Chan and Mr Chow try not to notice and keep going on with their lives.

As much as they try though, the two can't live that way forever and they seem to be drawn towards each other. Will they get together or not?

This is a very different Hong Kong movie from what has been released recently, but it is extremely good for it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, not all Hong Kong movies are about people kicking each other in the head.

It seems to be more of a dramatic film as the romance is very restrained. The way the romance is handled is what will either make you love the film or hate it, as it is portrayed as an "almost, but not quite" type of relationship and it does take its own time to play out.

The cinematography of this film is stunning, giving it a very unique and intimate feel. (Most of it is shot indoors, but it never seems claustrophic.)

Special mention must also got to the soundtrack, which not only suits the era perfectly, but helps give the film character over the many scenes in which it features. (The cello is one of the instruments that features greatly on the soundtrack, and is probably what you will remember most about the film appart from the food and smoking.)

I would recommend this film to people who like dramatic movies along with romance fans (as long as they don't expect a "Hollywood Style" romance.)

timchuma gives this movie 10 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 12 Jan 2005

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