For those who want to become a part of other people's secret, to gain aesthetic pleasure, to dive into the atmosphere of the 1960s' Hong Kong and to be a little nostalgic.
"This is the moment. She doesn't raise her head, she lets him come closer. But he can't, he doesn't have enough guts. She turns and walks away"
Wong Kar-wai said in one of his interviews that his work was influenced by Antonioni, Godard and Truffaut. The plot of "In the Mood for Love" is based on one of the main themes of Michelangelo Antonioni's movies – "feelings' inexpressibility".
The heroes of the film are migrants from Shanghai, they rent the neighboring rooms in one of the lucrative houses of 1960s' Hong Kong. His name is Chow Mo-wan, her name is Su Li-zhen. One day they find out that their spouses cheat on them with each other. The characters try to walk in the cheaters' shoes and without noticing it become influenced by the "love mood".
Cameraman Christopher Doyle, a fan of bright avant-garde colors, for this movie was awarded a Technical Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival. Every shot, every detail is beautiful and important in the movie. The soundtrack composed by Shigeru Umebayashi draws a viewer towards the world of heroes' memories and helps us to feel the mood of love and the atmosphere of Hong Kong.
The most important in "In the Mood for Love" is atmosphere and not the plot which is usual for Kar-wai's movies. The director lets us look into a keyhole where we can see the memories of two lonely people, their unspoken feelings, their unfulfilled desires. This is the movie for those who had to broke up out of principle at least once.
"Everything that was in the past is gone. It doesn't exist anymore. He remembers all these years gone, as if he is looking into a badly-washed turbid window glass. You can see something but it's blurry and unclear. The past is something that you can see in your head but you can never touch"