Hua yang nian hua

Hua yang nian hua

DVD - 2002 | Chinese
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The story of two lonely people who discover in each other the intimacy they have lost in their marriages
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2002
ISBN: 9781559409278
Branch Call Number: DVD In
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: In the mood for love


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Jul 13, 2017

Very good film, excellent acting ... The Chinese actors are top-notch! A revelation!

Mar 15, 2017

Slow burning masterpiece one of the great films of this century. Timeless classic filmmaking will be watched for decades. They make love with their eyes and subtle gestures gorgeously photographed and scored. 420~

Nov 12, 2016

Not too crazy about the slow pace in this tantalizing love encounter between two neighbors: maddening close in physical space and attraction - will they or won't they. The visual centered around Maggie Cheung, form fitted in the score of qipao/cheongsam, made this film a poetic delight (see web page in "Summary" Maggie dressed exclusively in qipaos and paraded in the film.) Lastly, suggest to watch the deleted scenes which could be viewed as an alternative ending.

Aug 30, 2016

I must have seen this film before but need to watch it again to comment --- just voted to be the second place greatest film in the 21st century behind Mulholland Drive by the pundits polled by BBC this past week:

Top 100

1 Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

2 In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

3 There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

4 Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

5 Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

Link to full list in "Summary."

Aug 28, 2016

Completely overrated- I found the movie to be stylish, but extremely boring. Don't know what all the fuss is about.

Oct 16, 2015

Kar-wai Wong's masterpiece. Its holds up well.

Jun 15, 2015

A slow and sensitive film that uses unusual editing and camera angles.

Feb 24, 2015

The record speaks for itself:

2000 Cannes Film Festival
Won: Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai)[13]
Won: Technical Grand Prize (Christopher Doyle, Lee Ping-bing, William Chang)[13]
Nominated: Palme d'Or[13]
2001 Hong Kong Film Awards
Won: Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai)
Won: Best Actress (Maggie Cheung)
Won: Best Art Direction (William Chang)
Won: Best Costume and Make-up Design (William Chang)
Won: Best Film Editing (William Chang)
Nominated: Best Picture
Nominated: Best Director (Wong Kar-wai)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Poon Dick-wah)
Nominated: Best Screenplay (Wong Kar-wai)
Nominated: Best New Performer (Siu Ping-lam)
Nominated: Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle, Lee Pin-bing)
Nominated: Best Original Score (Michael Galasso)
2001 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Won: Best Director (Wong Kar-wai)
Won: Film of merit
2001 Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics (Belgium)
Won: Grand Prix
2002 National Society of Film Critics (USA)
Won: Best Foreign Language Film
Won: Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle, Lee Pin-bing)
2001 César Awards
Won: Best Foreign Film
2001 German Film Awards
Won: Best Foreign Film
2001 New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Won: Best Foreign Language Film
Won: Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle, Lee Pin-bing)
2001 BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated: Best Film Not in the English Language
2002 Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards
Won: Best Foreign Language Film
2000 Asia-Pacific Film Festival
Won: Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle, Lee Pin-bing)
Won: Best Editing (William Chang)
2001 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film
2001 British Independent Film Awards
Won: Best Foreign Language Film
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

smustafi15 Nov 13, 2014

topped my ten best list of movies of the 2000's. Poignant, melodic, and visually striking, a must see. This atmospheric, stylish film was hands down the decade’s best.

Jun 19, 2014

An achingly beautiful movie from a wonderful director and top notch actors. Highly recommended if you're wiling to let yourself be absorbed into the atmosphere and music of the film. If you want Hollywood, linear storylines, and a clear ending, look elsewhere. If you want something different - this film will change you.

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Nov 12, 2016

The main character played by Maggie Cheung wears elegant qipao, or cheongsam, close-fitting dress with a high neck that emphasizes her fragile beauty..

The dresses play an important role in the film as they indicate the passage of time. It seems even the filmmaker himself doesn’t know how many dresses are in the film: ” In fact, we had 20-25 dresses for Maggie for the whole film. Because we cut the film short, it becomes like a fashion show; she changes all the time.” (Interview with Wong Kar-wai, source)

Aug 30, 2016

From BBC: The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world. 23 August 2016 “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

And the critic's words on "In The Mood For Love:"

2. In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-wai is one of world cinema’s most notorious perfectionists, but he earned every moment of editing-room indecision with In the Mood for Love, the rare movie that draws much of its melancholy power from what it leaves off-screen. We never see the faces of the spouses whose affair pulls two lonely neighbours (Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, both impossibly gorgeous) into their delirious romantic spiral. We never see the sex scene that Wong shot but omitted, all the better to heighten the erotic charge of every swaying hip and every voluptuous swirl of the camera. And we never hear the lost, whispered words at the climax, which would be superfluous in any case: never before has a film spoken so fluently in the universal language of loss and desire. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, US (Credit: Alamy)


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Nov 12, 2016

It is a restless moment.
She has kept her head lowered...
to give him a chance to come closer.
But he could not, for lack of courage.
She turns and walks away.
HONG KONG, 1962.
In the old days... if someone had a secret they didn't want to share... you know what they did?
-Have no idea.
They went up a mountain, found a tree... carved a hole in it... and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.
He remembers those vanished years.
As though looking through
a dusty window pane,
the past is something he could see,
but not touch.
And everything he sees
is blurred and indistinct.


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