In the Mood for Love (2000)

Director: Wong Kar-wai Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping Bin
 In the Mood for Love (2000) on IMDb

Sensual and mood driven, the second part of Wong Kar-Wai’s informal trilogy (the others being Days of Being Wild and 2046), vividly recreates a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962 and centres on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. It’s an hypnotically beautiful and moving period piece exploring memory, tradition and the loneliness that comes from unrequited love and features a notably sympathetic performance from Tony Leung (who won best actor at Cannes).

The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
Original Soundtrack
In the Mood for Love (BFI Film Classics) Paperback
2 Discs Special [DVD]
Yumeji’s Theme (Theme from Soundtrack)





  • Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen (Mrs. Chan)
  • Tony Leung as Chow Mo-wan
  • Siu Ping Lam as Ah Ping
  • Rebecca Pan as Mrs. Suen, the Chans’ landlady
  • Kelly Lai Chen as Mr. Ho, Su Li-zhen’s employer
  • Joe Cheung as man living in Mr. Koo’s apartment
  • Chan Man-Lei as Mr. Koo, Chow Mo-Wan’s landlord
  • Chin Tsi-ang as the amah (female servant)
  • Roy Cheung as Mr. Chan (voice)
  • Paulyn Sun as Mrs. Chow (voice)

Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Produced by Wong Kar-wai
Screenplay by Wong Kar-wai
Music by Michael Galasso, Shigeru Umebayashi
Cinematography Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping Bin
Edited by William Chang
Running time 98 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese, Shanghainese, French

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