More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
4.31

Awesome50%
Worth A Look: 35.19%
Average: 12.96%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 1.85%

6 reviews, 18 user ratings


Latest Reviews

Buddy System, The by Jack Sommersby

Amiko by Jay Seaver

Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, The by Jay Seaver

Laplace's Witch by Jay Seaver

Eighth Grade by Peter Sobczynski

Unfriended: Dark Web by Peter Sobczynski

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! by Peter Sobczynski

Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana by Jay Seaver

Buy Bust by Jay Seaver

Isle of Dogs by Rob Gonsalves

subscribe to this feed


In the Mood for Love
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Stephen Groenewegen

"Moods"
4 stars

In the Mood for Love is an entrancing mood piece.

In Hong Kong, early 1960s, two young couples rent adjoining rooms. Mr Chow’s wife is always away, so is Mrs Chan’s husband, and we realise - before they admit it to themselves and eachother - that their partners are having an affair. Gradually, the
unassuming and unfailingly polite Mr Chow (Tony Leung) and Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung) begin to share time together and eventually, perhaps, something more.

Writer-director Wong Kar-Wai shot a love scene between Cheung and Leung (two of Hong Kong’s biggest stars) but did not include it in the finished movie. Nevertheless, In the Mood for Love is almost unbearably erotic thanks to the stars’ chemistry, and
the sensuous cinematography of Hong Kong’s rain-drenched streets (Mark Lee Ping-bin took over from Chris Doyle when the shoot was extended).

Cheung wears a different high-necked cheong sam dress in every scene. She combines grace, frailty and pathos in her nightly, solitary sojourns for noodles. Tony Leung (whose perfect portrait of brooding sexuality won him the Male Actor prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival) seems almost too charismatic to be playing a cuckolded husband.

Their initial awkwardness together gives the movie some lovely, unforced humour (Rebecca Pan and Lai Chen are memorable in supporting roles). The dreamy images are backed by a beautiful, insistent score from Michael Galasso. [Stephen Groenewegen]

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=4905&reviewer=104
originally posted: 05/05/01 15:16:24
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

3/27/11 makmexico Truly a great work of art. 5 stars
3/01/11 PAUL SHORTT EXCEPTIONAL, DELICATE MOOD PIECE 4 stars
10/19/06 William Goss Soap opera almost too slow, subtle for its own good. Well-acted & pretty, but not perfect. 3 stars
2/02/06 Reklc "He who desires but acts not...", said Blake, that's what this movie is about. 5 stars
1/05/06 Noami Absolutely hypnotic film. I am speechless. 5 stars
12/29/05 rk The tension of the unconsummated love in this movie makes it an exquisite spectacle. 5 stars
12/11/05 K. Sear A lot looser than I would prefer but captivating in it's own way. 4 stars
11/28/03 john a bi long winded at times but beautiful nontheless 4 stars
1/01/03 Andy Todes greatest film of all time 5 stars
9/19/02 The Bomb 69 hard to explain, very slow to develop but haunting when it does 4 stars
1/16/02 Robert Excellent film...story told through scenes and expressions, not dialogue-heavy 5 stars
6/07/01 Rico sweet,stylish,nostalgic.Reminds me of mom&dad during 50s/60s. Beautiful. 5 stars
3/26/01 nowak Moody, slow, stylish, claustrophobic 4 stars
3/23/01 stu55y Absolute must-see 4 stars
3/16/01 Spetters Very subtle, very beautiful in all facets, but also quite frustrating. 4 stars
3/07/01 Peanut I am in the mood for a blowjob right now. Oh, Deanna where are you? 1 stars
3/01/01 Deniz Selman best film I've seen in at least the last 2 years...perfectly shot, perfectly executed. 5 stars
2/09/01 Heather Beautiful, stylish, intriguing movie about a couple having a affair 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  16-Feb-2001 (PG)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  29-Mar-2001 (M)


Directed by
  Wong Kar-Wai

Written by
  Wong Kar-Wai

Cast
  Maggie Cheung
  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
  Lai Chen
  Rebecca Pan
  Siu Ping-Lam
  Faye Wong



Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast