In the Mood for Love
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For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband's job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips. Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So skillfully does the director brings us to a state of breathless expectation that when he refuses to deliver the goods he almost seems to have invented a new form of perversion."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Further complemented by the gentle lull of Nat King Cole songs, In The Mood For Love casts a dreamy and melancholic spell that remains unbroken long after the closing credits have rolled."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"In the Mood for Love is a beautifully understated and heart-wrenching story of unrequited passion."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"As a study of people determined to remain more true to their values than to their emotions, In the Mood for Love offers an experience like few other films of recent memory."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"Ethereal, evanescent, evocative of true, ineffable experience, In the Mood for Love is amazing"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"In the Mood is a love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Director Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong's most romantic filmmaker, is known for his excesses, and in that sense the film's spareness represents a bold departure."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The tension between romantic attraction and sexual fulfillment builds to an almost unbearable intensity."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"It bleeds color and passion like a Monet in an impressionistic, visually ravishing tale of unrequited love between two repressed souls."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"As beautiful as it is to look at, In the Mood for Love is full of passing moments, missed opportunities, and plenty of darkness."
‑ Eric Melin,
"It's intelligently conceived, exquisitely crafted and flawlessly acted."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The film is gorgeous, dripping with texture and sensuality and, well, mood."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Heat rises from the film like steam from its noodle bars. It's enough to make you giddy."
‑ , Total Film
"While one may be less than happy with the film's narrative turns, Wong Kai-war remains one of those intrinsically visual directors whose work needs to be seen, not described."
‑ Richard C. Walls, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The emotional richness of the piece undeniably pierces the heart."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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