August 20, 2005
In the Mood For Love
A masterpiece by Wong Kar-Wai. This is absolutely one of the best post-Pulp Fiction films. For me it’s right up there with Boogie Nights and Requiem for a Dream. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. In the Mood For Love is beautifully photographed by Christopher Doyle, who also worked on the stunning Hero, a surprise US hit. Listening to the lovely music, watching the actors move through the cramped spaces of 1960’s Hong Kong and the fluid, meaningful camerawork combine into a kind of hypnotic choreography. It’s incredibly delicate and at the same time boldly cinematic and stylish. (Some images in this film are almost…get ready…De Palma-esque!) There is incredible emotional truth in the lead performances by the adorable Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, one of the most beautiful women in the world. A gesture, a glance, a chance touch while passing on the stairs convey things they can never say out loud. This movie is just brilliant. I can’t wait for 2046, Kar-Wai’s new film, a kind of sequel(!) to this one. I beg you to see In the Mood For Love.
Posted by HighStrungLoner in Film at 2:35 AM
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I LOVE Wong Kar-Wai. I don't know if you've seen Chung King Express, but it is one of my favorite movies. Worth renting for sure. I think he really knows what love is and he definitely knows how to express it on film. Also, Christopher Doyle is amazing.
PS- I just found your blog and I think it is very entertaining and down to earth.
Posted by: Bill on August 26, 2007 7:40 PM