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In The Mood For Love (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A

Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Wong Kar Wai (Director) | Rebecca Pan (Actor)
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Wong Kar Wai's melancholic masterpiece on love, loneliness and yearning in 1960s Hong Kong, In the Mood for Love breathes burning passion through lingering looks, languorous encounters and mesmerizingly beautiful visuals. Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his wife move into a building at around the same time as Su Li Zhen (Maggie Cheung) and her husband do. With the prolonged absence of their respective partners, they befriend each other during mahjong sessions at their landlord's place. Not long after, they discover their spouses are having an affair with each other. The two meet in a hotel room, speculating about their other halves' relationship and play-acting possible scenarios, but they become confused by the unvoiced feelings growing between them.
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Product Title: In The Mood For Love (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (US Version) 花樣年華 (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (美國版) 花样年华 (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (美国版) 花樣年華 (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (US版) In The Mood For Love (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Rebecca Pan (Actor) | Gin Lau (Actor) | Christopher Doyle | William Chang 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 張 曼玉 (Actor) | 潘迪華 (Actor) | 劉 少君 (Actor) | 杜可風 | 張 叔平 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 张 曼玉 (Actor) | 潘迪华 (Actor) | 刘 少君 (Actor) | 杜可风 | 张 叔平 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) (Actor) | 潘廸華(レベッカ・パン) (Actor) | Gin Lau (Actor) | 杜可風 (クリストファー・ドイル) | 張叔平 양조위 (Actor) | 장만옥 (Actor) | Rebecca Pan (Actor) | Gin Lau (Actor) | Christopher Doyle | 張叔平(ウィリアム・チャン)
Director: Wong Kar Wai 王 家衛 王 家卫 王家衛 (ウォン・カーウァイ)  왕가위
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-09-26
UPC Code: 715515099417
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: The Criterion Collection (US)
Package Weight: 145 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031205939

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* Special Features:
- New restored high-definition digtial transfer, supervised by director of photography Mark Lee Ping-bin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundrack
- "In the Mood for Love" director Wong Kar Wai's documentary on the making of the film
- Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wong
- Hua yang de nian bua (2000), a short film by Wong
- Archival interview with Wong and a "cinema Jesson" given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
- Toronto International Film Festival Press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk an dTony Leung Chiu-wai
- Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundrack, featuring musical cues
- Trailers and TV spots
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film

Director: Wong Kar-wai

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Hero’s Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Irma Vep’s Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses sparks an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, In the Mood for Love, directed by Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express), is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and its exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle (2046) and Mark Lee Ping-bin (Flight of the Red Balloon), this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, as well as a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.
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Professional Review of "In The Mood For Love (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (US Version)"

April 25, 2005

This professional review refers to In The Mood For Love

Among Wong Kar Wai's perplexed art house films, In The Mood For Love is probably the most easy to grasp one. There is no jargons or any redundant use of hand-held camera stylistic shooting in the film.

The story of the film is quite simple and straightforward. Chow (Tony Leung) moves to an apartment with his wife at the same time as Su (Maggie Cheung) and his husband do. They discover that their other halves are having a secret love affair. What will they do in response to this?

The script of this film is well calculated. The dialogues of the characters are so concise that there is almost no meaningless word spoken by the characters. Spectators will find it easy to follow the story since they are not baffled by lunatic dialogues. Moreover, Thanks to production designer S.P. Cheung, the visual design of this film is very beautiful. Images are well focused and the contrast between the dark and light objects is apparent. Similar to Wong's previous films, the mise en scene and the camera angle are considered cautiously. Every composition shows careful aesthetic and artistic consideration. The mood and the atmosphere fit the background of the story, that is, the 1960s period of Hong Kong, perfectly.

The brilliant use of montage and slow-motion succeeds in heightening the dramatic effects, from that we can see Wong's creative ability of manipulating space and time in films effectively. The symbols of Wong's old and new films also appear in the film (for instance, this film is indeed a sequel to Wong's Days Of Being Wild, and the doorsign of Chow's secret office signifies his work in progress 2046), I think in certain ways, they act as a brief retrospection of his film career.

I definitely love this film, but there are still some areas I do not like about it. The rhythm, or to be a bit more specific, the flow of time in this film is too slow. If you watch the film several times, you will find out that the plot of the film is actually very simple, there is no dramatic twist or cinematic stimulation throughout the film at all. No doubt the use of slow-motion can enhance the dramatic effect, but overdose is always no good. For instance, we already see how the abuse of slow-motion weakens the tension of the story in the final moment of Katsuyuki Motohiro's Space Travelers.

To me, Wong Kar Wai is a master in the manipulation of time and space, especially the consideration of mise en scene and camera angle, but he is definitely not a good storyteller. He relies too much on his subjective sense to tell a story rather than trying to communicate with the spectators in a more objective manner, and that's why his films always seem a little bit elusive to the public.

Overall speaking, it is still a highly recommended work, especially for beginning admirers of Wong Kar Wai. If Ashes Of Time puzzles you a lot, you may want to try this film out, it will probably give you a new perception toward Wong Kar Wai's film.

VCD (HK version) - The quality of the VCD is not that bad actually. However, in order to fully appreciate the art of Wong Kar Wai, get the DVD please!

Cool guy(s) - Maggie Cheung

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Customer Review of "In The Mood For Love (2000) (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 9 out of 10 (36)

Kat
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September 4, 2005

This customer review refers to In The Mood For Love (DTS Version) (Special Edition) (Remastered Version)
A Very Good Movie By a Great Actor and Director Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Tony Leung is the most versatile and magnetic actor
in Chinese cinema today. This movie is a very good
example of it.
I watched both this movie and "2046" which is currently
showing in Northern California and has received great
reviews. It's a great accolade to Leung and Wong, the
director and rightfully so. This movie is interesting, moody and romantic. In other than Wong's hands, it may not have worked. Both Leung and
Cheung are wonderful in it.
Tony Leung can play any role better than most and he
is always so fabulousely attractive! A real jem in
the Chinese entertainment industry and pride of Hong
Kong. Like the French Government who always recognizes
the heros in Art, let's hope Mr. Leung will get his
someday that would put him far above the most.
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Anonymous

February 18, 2005

This customer review refers to In The Mood For Love (2000) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The most beautiful love story ever made Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The exquisite beauty of Maggie, and the charmingly handsome Tony, blended with the unbelievably haunting music and heartaching story, makes this film
unequalled. One cannot help feeling the emotional pain of these two lonely people.This is the most loveliest of love stories I have ever seen, I have seen it so many times, I feel part of it,to see Maggie cry, almost broke my heart, wonderful film.
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Anonymous

December 19, 2004

This customer review refers to In The Mood For Love (DTS Version) (Special Edition) (Remastered Version)
Still As Good As Before Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
ITMFL has been released on DVD in many versions, with different bonus materials. This time round, disc 2 contains the 4 deleted scenes (incl the secret in room 2046) and a few more interviews with WKW, Tony, Maggie and even Rebecca Poon. There is even a funny deleted scene of Tony and Maggie dancing. Of course, the bonus materials cannot be complete, unless all the press conferences were included. The US criterion edition of ITMFL even has introduction to individual actor/actress, and WKW, with trailers of his previous movies. Their is even a hidden feature of Tony's MV. Looks like fans of ITMFL needs to collect the full collection of DVDs available in teh other part of the world... One in all, ITMFL still remains my favourite movie in HK's film history.
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Anonymous

April 8, 2004

This customer review refers to In The Mood For Love (2000) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
An excellent movie with an excellent remastered DV Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is the third In The Mood for Love DVD release by Mei Ah and this is the best one. The movie is good, excellent performances from Tony and Maggie. An excellent film made by Wong Ka Wai. This movie also inspired the US film, Lost in Translation. The first DVD, was a barebone disc, containing only the movie with a non-anamorphic transfer. I own the second edition, which is a 2-disc set. The second edition has good extras, including four long deleted scenes, interviews, awards ceremony and etc. But the video for the second edition was terrible. The video was again non-anamorphic and the colors of the transfer were so poorly done, it couldn’t even bring out the film’s beautiful cinematography. The audio was also terrible, there was hissing sounds found in all audio tracks and was it really necessary for two DTS tracks? This new and remastered DVD contains a beautiful restored anamorphic video. Colors are vivid and rich, skin tones are perfect, and the cinematography in this movie is breathtaking. As for a completely character driven movie, the audio was still top-notch for both Dolby Digital and DTS tracks. Excellent separation and positional audio during raining scenes and a strong base every time the movie plays the theme music for the movie. Finally, there are no extras presented in this disc.
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Wendy
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March 22, 2004

This customer review refers to In The Mood For Love (2000) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Haunting Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a bittersweet tale, achingly sad, about two people whose paths cross when their spouses begin a love affair with one another. These are people who live across the hall from each other in a cramped and crowded building. They are pulled together in their need to share the pain each feels at his/her own personal betrayal from the wayward spouses. The sensual agonizing denial of each of them toward the other is haunting. It is beautifully filmed. Very erotic. Wong Kar Wai favors Tony Leung Chui Wai and Maggie Cheung and with good reason. They are both incredibly lovely. They portray Characters with...well, “character? No matter what the film, they exude a smoky passion (think ”Hero?and ”Ashes of Time?. They are both wonderful, versatile actors and well cast in these roles. Here’s the thing...every review I have read talks about their unrequited love and how poignant this is. Either I read something into the film that wasn’t there, or everybody else missed it! Watch for the scene where, while heading home in a shared taxi, Maggie’s character states that she doesn’t want to go home. Yes, it is wistful, but then there is an ending that is, indeed, poignant and involves a very important near miss. One day some years later, Tony’s character comes by the building and knocks at the door of her old flat. He is obviously disappointed when a stranger answers and saddened when the man tells him that pretty much everyone he knew in the building has moved on or died. Of course he wasn’t really looking for anyone but Maggie. It’s as if he knew he wouldn’t find her, and yet? The thing is, she has moved back to the building with her SON in tow (no husband) and is living in a different flat. The stranger in her old flat even tells Tony about the woman and her son living in the apartment at the end of the hall, but doesn’t mention names, so he leaves, never knowing she is so close. As for Maggie, would someone who had been so horribly treated by her wayward husband have a child with him? I don’t think so, and that is the saddest thing of all. I think she and Tony’s character were briefly, perhaps only that one time, lovers and her son is his. That they connected, but denied their love for whatever reason, is heartbreaking. This movie is worth several viewings, but make sure you keep a box of tissues handy…and, watch for the two scenes I mentioned. I don’t think I misread it. If I could give this film a higher rating than 10, I certainly would!
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