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The new BluRay Edition is simply outstanding. Print quality and sound, you could not ask for better. The extra's WOW - lot of 2012 additional material, including a documentary that shows almost an hours worth of production footage that shows the original (largly funny!) original storyline, including a super cool dance number excerpt (deleted as too funny?). Specials on the soundtrack and much more -- I did not realize it was shot twice for instance (with Doyle quitting with the prospect of doing it again). Just amazing. Highly recommended. Let's hope they do it with 2046 next!
* * * * I watched this movie late one night about a year ago on a 27 in TV. The pacing seemed slow and I was falling sleep through most of it. I decided to watch it again last night on my 42 inch TV and that alone made a huge difference, and also I was "in the mood" for watch a movie to try to understand the message.
First, you need to slow the introduction's written message down so you can read and ponder it a bit so that you are "in the mood" to discover its importance. I found after that I was totally interested in the story as it unfolded.
It has a really unusual "clips" feeling of giving us KEY glimpse of these two lonely people's lives. Maggie Cheung's character is witness (and accomplice really) to her boss having an affair on his wife; so she knows the signs and does not know how to react in a culture that has a belief system of "normal" and when the reality is not like that - hypocrisy and denial seem the "norm". Tony Leung's character is also helping his friend in being a womanizer - repeating several times, he is not like his friend. Both characters do it passively, but the world's reality around them - eventually to include their own spouses - makes them increasingly alone in the belief of how loving people treat each other.
There one big irony .. the betrail of Maggie Cheung's character when the relationship and love shared between these two people - almost a misfit in the "reality" of that culture; Maggie chooses to live the illusion.
Another interesting thing is TIMING; introduce in a sequence near the end when Tony and Maggie both visit the apartment building years later - as that love had anchored memories of happiness to it; or the possibility of happiness. He does not realize she is living there as a tenant in his old apartment says the old owner moved out and a "woman and child" live there now. He pauses at her door, as if about to knock, but continues on past. A moment of perfect potential timing - perhaps ignoring intuition (he brought a gift) being missed. Or would the past behaviours of denial and debating reality and illusion be followed?
Possible elements: in the out takes they do have sex; I wondered if the child was his? Also they meet years later (again in the out takes)and basically end up going their own ways - past pattern repeated, another opportunity missed.
Finally, there is a LOT similar in 2046 - the round openings and the openings and windows in 2046. The hallway with the round lights on the roof, and the hallways on the 2046 train. A lot of the dialogue is repeated, such as "sometimes your emotions catch you unaware" or "sometime feelings can creep up on you ..." I was pleasaantly surprised how well 2046 was an excellent follow up.
Arrivé en temps et en heures (et même avant l'heure avec la précommande). J'avais déjà vu le film restauré au cinéma mais encore une fois, La Rabbia nous régale. Le film est d'une qualité incroyable, l'histoire d'amour vraiment sublime et la musique est divine. Pour les amateurs (mais pas seulement), foncez !
I'm with the vast majority of reviewers here. In the Mood for Love combines the most beautiful visual elements with a narrative of little action but much intensity.
Every shot, many framed by a doorway, stairs or foreground geometric pattern of some sort, has been carefully planned and colour co-ordinated, and taken with the sparing but repetitive use of the musical soundtrack, part of which is the matchless Nat 'King' Cole in Spanish, the result is a ravishing visual and aural expereince.
But this is no film that gives the impression of being a collection of great stills as, say, are Memoirs of a Geisha and Max Ophul's Madame De. There's a drive behind the love story between the two principals that works itself out in real time and in flashback; one of the intriguing features is the way that the possibilities of future emotional change are rehearsed by the principals' role playing.
Maggie Cheung takes the acting honours; she's able to switch from hesitant humour to deep poignancy in a flash. Terrific!
I first heard the huanting music to this film which whet my curiosity to search out the film, and on the strength of the reviews on Amazon I bough the dvd and its second part, "2046" which I have yet to see. It is undoubtedly a good film, the characters are played well, the editing is razor-sharp and in the early scenes set in the cramped alleyways and tenements of 1960s Hong Kong it is very convincing. It does lose its way a bit, particularly towards the end where it does become very vague to the point of irritation. Perhaps the director had always intended to make a sequel and left it that way. Those of you who hate reading sub-titles will find it quite a challenge flipping between reading these and not missing the fine acting - it certainly requires your complete concentration or you can get lost in it. Some of your reviewers have perhaps been too gushing in their praise of this film - yes it is good, and certainly above the run of the mill romance, but I doubt if it would anyone's top 50 must see films. About 3.0 to 3.5 stars is about right for this film.
This is a very special film - one of my desert island films - which I never tire of watching. Beautifully shot and lit so that every scene is like a painting. The performances are understated and nuanced so that watching again brings new meaning. The music adds poignancy to a tale of unrequited love. No “action”, no car chases and not a gun in sight. The dramatic tension comes from the frisson between the characters, the angst and self-denial. Achingly beautiful film!
I found the DVD version of this movie interesting and enjoyable, but it made me sorry I missed th movie when it came to the cinemas around the year 2000. It is a movie that I think really needs a cinema screen to do it justice, and, very oddly, some crucial scenes appear to have been omitted from the DVD version, which makes an important part of it rather puzzling. Fortunately, the missing scenes are available on YouTube! Later I downloaded the haunting theme tune from iTunes.