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Fa yeung nin wa

Wong Kar-wai Hong Kong, 2000

dionysus67's rating of the film In the Mood for Love

Entrapped in (and playing up) appearances this deceptively simple tale of unfulfilled love is told with extraordinary stylistic bravura. The two handsome leads (Cheung in exquisite dresses) are marked by a continuous syncope in the non-realization of love. Behind the ravishing looks lies a clumsy flirtation and eliding circumstances. The slow motion scenes could have been avoided, but the brilliance is undeniable.