Hua yang nian huaDVD - 2002 | Chinese
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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)
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.” http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films
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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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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