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In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Oct. 2 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B008MPQ0R2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,150 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

L’amour. Y a-t-il plus beau sujet pour le cinéma que l’amour, pourtant si difficile à décrire, à montrer ? C’est malgré tout le pari que s’est imposé le cinéaste de Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai pour son septième long métrage. Couronné du César du meilleur film étranger et du prix d’interprétation masculine à Cannes, sacré meilleur film au Festival international du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias de Montréal, In the Mood for Love s’est vite classé parmi les films dont on se souviendra.

Dans les années 60, à Hong Kong, Li-zhen et Chow emménagent l’un à côté de l’autre, avec leurs époux respectifs, dans un vieil immeuble au charme rustique. Une relation extraconjugale se nouera entre leurs conjoints, les laissant au cœur de leur solitude quotidienne. Le film se déroule dès lors du point de vue des époux délaissés, que cet abandon finira par rapprocher.

Wong Kar-wai s’adresse directement à notre imagination dans ce film où le désir se contente de désirer. Tel un peintre qui aurait trempé son pinceau dans la grâce, le réalisateur dépeint ses personnages de façon extrêmement courtoise. Maggie Cheung est délicieuse de retenue et Tony Leung, remarquable en homme qui fait de son mieux pour échapper à ce sentiment si doux. Soutenu par un travail formel incroyable où chaque plan est une véritable valse esthétique, In the Mood for Love représente l’accord parfait entre fond et forme et, parfois, touche même au sublime. Lorsqu’on cherchera la définition de la délicatesse, il faudra désormais se tourner vers Wong Kar-wai. --Helen Faradji --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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98 minutes of excellence. I am never a big fan for romantic films. Especially with the current scene filled with countless teen-or-chick flicks, I have become very picky on this category. I watched it with skepticism. 98 mins later, I switch off the TV in great relief, and also with understanding of why a few people do not enjoy it.
Generally, people who dislike this film have the following reasons:
1. Simple plot and no plot twist
2. Repetitive scenes
3. Few and confusing dialogues
4. No significant signs of intimacy or eroticism. Can it even be categorized into "Romance"?
One thing I have learnt from "In the Mood for Love" is also the same thing I wish romantic film directors would learn for a long time: Character Study and Development are often more important than unnecessary plot twist. There are pretty much only two characters in the movie, but by middle the audience could feel as if we know them for real. Thus we do feel the characters' happiness, pain and suffering. Yes, even if the time is set in 1962, Hong Kong.
The repetitive scenes do not represent lack of creativity. In fact it is one of the hardest tricks in my opinion. Although some actions are very similar, each scene has a subtle change in intimacy and impact for future relationship. Not one of the scenes can be taken away because they're all crucial links. As for the dialogue, it is few but every line is to the point. Each word is polished to sharpest and kept to minimum. Every word is a keyword.
Intimacy and eroticism are indications and eye-candy. Audience would understand immediately two people are in love. In my opinion this is director's point of view to choose it or not.
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The new BluRay Edition is simply outstanding. Print quality and sound, you could not ask for better. The extra's WOW - lot of 2012 additional material, including a documentary that shows almost an hours worth of production footage that shows the original (largly funny!) original storyline, including a super cool dance number excerpt (deleted as too funny?). Specials on the soundtrack and much more -- I did not realize it was shot twice for instance (with Doyle quitting with the prospect of doing it again). Just amazing. Highly recommended. Let's hope they do it with 2046 next!

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I watched this movie late one night about a year ago on a 27 in TV. The pacing seemed slow and I was falling sleep through most of it. I decided to watch it again last night on my 42 inch TV and that alone made a huge difference, and also I was "in the mood" for watch a movie to try to understand the message.

First, you need to slow the introduction's written message down so you can read and ponder it a bit so that you are "in the mood" to discover its importance. I found after that I was totally interested in the story as it unfolded.

It has a really unusual "clips" feeling of giving us KEY glimpse of these two lonely people's lives. Maggie Cheung's character is witness (and accomplice really) to her boss having an affair on his wife; so she knows the signs and does not know how to react in a culture that has a belief system of "normal" and when the reality is not like that - hypocrisy and denial seem the "norm". Tony Leung's character is also helping his friend in being a womanizer - repeating several times, he is not like his friend.
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This is one of the most beautiful film ever made. It tells the story of how two people's lives became somewhat entangled after discovering that their spouses were cheating on them with each other. There is nothing new about this in movies BUT the way the story was told is what made it so memorable. It unfurled at a slow and easy pace with soundtrack that matched the mood perfectly. The secret glances and silent stares that said everything yet nothing all left viewer with a case longing for weeks and weeks.
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'In the Mood for Love' is a touching, engrossing meditation on, you guessed it, love: what it is, what creates it, what ends it, what keeps it sewn strong together. All of these aspects are collected into a clever, lovely, sometimes devastating piece of artistry directed by the fabulous Wong-Kar Wai. Those of you who love romantic comedies or grand, epic love sagas will be immensely disappointed with his latest film. It is not either. Rather, it is a gem of cinema that strives for emotional truth and absolute realism. Inside of cramped apartments and old diners, that, too, is what the main characters of 'In the Mood for Love' yearn for.
The film takes place in Hong Kong during the year 1962. Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) have just moved into neighboring apartments and have met each other rather casually. But the two progressively realize a secret about their respective spouses and a profound relationship develops almost instantly. From there, the film sets a tone that is cislunar, seeming to float in its own world situated between reality and a sense of disconnection. Kar-Wai perfectly evokes this mood with fleeting slow-motion sequences accompanied by Christopher Doyle and Mark Li Ping-bin's delicately visceral cinematography. What ensues throughout the rest of the film (both plot-wise and technically) masterfully conveys romantic yearning.
The lead performances were breathtaking, namely Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen. From scenes of obvious hurt to moments of hidden despair, she ceaselessly astonishes. I'm surprised she did not receive the massive encomium she deserved from 2001 year-end awards groups, let alone the Oscars. But credit must also be given to Tony Leung as Chow Mo-wan, who managed to maintain a quiet, tired loneliness throughout the film.
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