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Fa yeung nin wa | 花樣年華

Wong Kar-wai Hong Kong, 2000

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film In the Mood for Love

Uncaptivating nor engaging relationship drama that's squarely about what it's about. Details are often obvious in meaning, and thus, it quickly becomes labored and repetitive, hammering its purpose home, ad-nauseam. The dialogue is either banal, too pointed, or not pointed enough. The style is either indulgent slow-mo or too congested. Never a good balance. Give me even commercial romantic directors over this dreck.