It's hard to describe the moment(s) of suspense between two people in love. WKW turned that moment into a beautiful and sensitive film. Great work that portraits a world full of impasses and hesitations. It is also interesting to notice that the main characters are many times "imprisoned" within the shots, with objects and décor creating the sense of enclosure. 4/ 4,5
I really regret having postponed watching this for so long. Through extraordinary use of cinematography (namely, frames within frames), Wong Kar-Wai constantly reminds us of how much the main characters are trapped, all the while creating a sense of voyeurism representative of the social surveillance felt by our protagonists. Music is also superbly used to create mood and emotion. A masterpiece of modern cinema.
The first time ever I really noticed variety of woman's dresses in a movie. This Ozu-like framing, fantastic warm-colored pictures and intermissions filled with music. I don't quite understand the reason for Angkor at the end, but still, I think I finally started to like Wong Kar-Wai.
This isn't "yet another love-story", for me it's an audiovisual poetry about solitude and yearning for another soul to connect to, to talk to and to be present with. And in the meantime – how to stay true to one's natural goodness in the society of constraints and artificial obligations? Where goes the line between true and false or good and bad? Kar-Wai asks many questions.
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.
A gorgeous atmosphere of quiet, sensuous longing .....and not much else. After a while I wanted more than just beautiful atmosphere and tension between its two appealing leads but that's all the movie has to offer. By the end, I was as unsatisfied as its two would-be lovers. It gets a C.