In the Mood for Love

Regia di Wong Kar Wai | Hong Kong 2000 | 90 min
Language: Dubbed in Italian


Hong Kong, 1962. Mr and Mrs Chow and Mr and Mrs Chan move to two adjoining apartments on the same day. It is Mr. Chow and Ms. Chan who come home most frequently and this is how they quickly discover that their spouses are lovers. The desire to understand the reasons for the betrayal immediately will lead them to meet more and more often and to share the feelings they experience.

In the Mood for Love is like a prison; a romantic, sensual, impalpable and timeless prison. In which the gestures are incessantly repeated and the watches do not indicate anything significant about the passage of time (that is what the details, such as food or clothes, help to understand the change of season), but are limited to their role as steadfast custodians of the status quo. | Emanuele Sacchi

Rebecca Pan, Kelly Lai Chen, Man-Lei Chan
Kar-Wai Wong
Kar-Wai Wong
Cinematography by:
Christopher Doyle, Pun-Leung Kwan, Ping Bin Lee
Music by:
Michael Galasso, Shigeru Umebayashi
Film Editing by:
William Chang

Tribute to Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-Wai is the most Western of the directors who have come out of the new wave of oriental cinema since the 1980s. He is an experimental director and a profound innovator of the cinematographic language: he is probably the director Godard would have been if he had been born in China thirty years later. His films maintain the classic cut of oriental culture especially in the themes of the stories, they never exaggerate with tones and do not even know what morbidity is: feelings are described and staged in a modest way, space is left for amazement but never for complacency. Think of a writer like Haruki Murakami, one of the symbolic authors of contemporary Japanese literature. His stories are universal but the way in which his writing deals with feelings refers to a distant culture, a culture in which themes such as sex, drugs and even death are dealt with in a vital way, in natural contrast to the typical heaviness of Western culture