KINO Expat: In The Mood for Love (2000)

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“In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn’t want to share, they went up to a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it and whispered the secret in the hole. Then they covered it with mud.” It’s well known that Wong Kar Wai works without a clear screenplay. During IFFR 2001 actors Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung said they only received a couple pieces of paper with few instructions on the first day of shooting. The shoot eventually took 15 months. The result is an unconventional romance that oozes impeccable style and elegance; from the 60’s style interiors and fashion, the use of color in the cinematography, to the gorgeously filmed scenes in which the characters seem to dance around each other with Yumeji’s Theme on repeat (side note: this track is actually taken from Seijun Suzuki’s 1991 film Yumeji). Widely regarded as Wong Kar Wai’s magnum opus, so we’re very lucky it will be screened on the big screen once again, not to be missed.

Regie: Wong Kar Wai

Cast: Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tony Leung Chiu Wai


Drama, Romantiek

Land: Hong Kong

Speelduur: 98 minuten

Taal: Kantonees

Ondertiteling: English


The invisible dance is danced by Mr Chow (Tony Leung) and Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung), who happen to be neighbours in an apartment building in Hong Kong in 1962. When they find out their respective spouses have lovers, the two find comfort in each other’s arms. Passions run high but are kept in check.

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