In the Mood for Love [New Restoration] (2000)
- 1h 38m
- Hong Kong
Price: $11.99 + taxes and fees
This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai.
Bonus Content: Included in your film rental is over two hours of bonus content, including a video essay by TIFF Cinematheque Senior Programmer and world-renowned film expert James Quandt and never-before-seen archival interviews with frequent Wong Kar Wai cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Scroll down to watch.
Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Maggie Cheung star in Wong Kar Wai’s sublime masterpiece of romantic longing.
“The most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year” –The New York Times
What is left to say about Wong’s intoxicating masterpiece? The thesaurus has been ransacked to find every possible variation on “haunting,” “voluptuous,” “ravishing,” “gorgeous,” and “elusive” to describe the luxurious style and romantic intensity of this masterful chamber drama, which transforms a premise ideal for a Rock Hudson–Doris Day sex comedy into a paean to unconsummated ardour. The impossibly gorgeous duo of Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai play neighbours in a cramped apartment building in the bustling Hong Kong of 1962; when they discover that their spouses are having an affair, they develop a tentative, platonic friendship that deepens into tenderness and, finally, love. Designed to the hilt — both visually (the late-’50s textures, fixtures, patterns, and lighting conjure a semiotic sirocco, the crumbling and confining spaces suggestive of colonial noir) and narratively (it’s full of doubles, ghosts, mirrors, and symmetries) — Wong’s masterpiece maintains its “mood” of eroticized longing until the almost intolerably moving denouement.