Love is so fickle, we know not its forms. Nor the time of its arrival. Nor the time of its departure. We have no means by which to estimate its intensity during or our longing after. We would fare best to embrace it, whenever we've the chance. In the Mood for Love is a living and breathing testament to these truisms.
The colours, the music, the general blury and coton-like feeling... all of that made me fall in love with WKW's cinema. Watching "In the mood for love" is just like watching old photographs found in a forgotten box from your house cellar. I used to live in Asia but I never looked at it the same way after I watched movies directed by Wong Kar Wai.
arguably wkw's last masterpiece (sorry 2046 and blueberry), ITMFL is one of those impeccable perfect films. true, its slow pacing may not be for everyone. however, i could not find any moment that felt tedious or boring. rather, i loved the feeling of living cheung and leung's characters almost in real time. wkw's eye for subtlety is ridiculous. he sets the bar so high, none of his subsequent films have come close.
This might be the most remarkable chinese film as it reflects couple's life in China that denotes the feeling of solitude, betrayal and hopelessness. Through this masterpiece, Wong Kar-Wai has deeply accentuated the movement of his characters by a sensational music of yumeji's theme.
Exactly Petrocephalon. Beautiful but boring. They couldn't love each other. That's it. Wong-Kar-Wai has nothing else to tell with this movie... so after 30 min, WE UNDERSTAND IT'S AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE jeez.... It should have stayed a short.. But yes, great colors, great camera and composition ...
The most profound moment of this film for me is the scene that closes the film. Chow whispers his secret love for Su into a hole in a tree, surrounded by ruins. He covers the hole with mud and stands there amidst the the ruins, the ruins of his love sick soul. Brilliant.