In the Mood for Love. 2000. Hong Kong. Directed by Wong Kar Wai. With Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Man Yuk. 35mm. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 98 min.
One of the most memorable and tragic onscreen romances, the story of Mr. Chow (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and Mrs. Chen (Maggie Cheung) is at once sensational and devastating. Two people find each other when they realize their spouses are having an affair with each other. While a seductive mood permeates every second and grain of the film, the pair's forbidden love is consummated only in the imagination. Sharing the cinematography credit, Mark Lee Ping-Bing and Christopher Doyle capture lustrous colors and sensual movements that evoke a memory spectacularly felt, but never fully realized. In the Mood for Love is considered by many to be Wong Kar Wai’s most accomplished work.