In the Mood for Love

Synopsis: Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together as friends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts. Soon, they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair. Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Kar-Wai Wong
Production: USA Films
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 44 wins & 47 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Block 2 Pictures


A Jet Tone Films Production



Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Directed by

Wong Kar-Wai

It is a restless moment.

She has kept her head lowered...

to give him a chance to come closer.

But he could not, for lack of courage.

She turns and walks away.

HONG KONG, 1962.

Eat up. The fish is very fresh today.

Sorry to interrupt your dinner.

Never mind. Let's sit over here.

It's quite late!

I've just finished work.

What should I call you?

You can call me Mrs. Suen.

- And you?

- My husband's name is Chan.

- Call me when you decide.

- I will.

Did you write down my number?

Yes, I did.

Fine, I'll see you out.

- Don't trouble.

- No trouble!

So it's agreed then!

Thank you very much! I should go.

- Fine.

- Bye!

Take care. Good-bye!

You've a room to let?

Sorry, it's just been rented

to that lady.

Thanks anyway.

How many of you?

Just me and my wife.

Why don't you try next door?

They've a vacant room too?

Yes, Mr. Koo's son got married.

His room's empty.

Thank you.

You're too polite. Try asking them.

Thank you.

This way. Come on.

Not that room!

Oops, wrong again!

Careful! Against the wall there.

The little cupboard over there.

Be careful!

Don't break anything!

Not on top of the radio!

Mr. Chow...

you have a lot of stuff for a couple!

- The wardrobe isn't mine.

- Wrong again?

It goes next door.

Okay, next door.

These aren't my shoes!

They must go next door.

What a coincidence!

Moving in on the same day!

Is Mr. Chan here?

He's working abroad.

He'll be back next week.

You should have waited, then.

It's too much for you on your own.

- I can manage.

- I'll ask Amah to help.

No need. I can manage.

What's going on?

Mind that mirror!

Mrs. Chan, I'll leave you to it.

- Those books aren't mine.

- Wrong again?

Never mind. Just leave them there.

Mind how you hang the mirror.

It's fragile!

Are these magazines yours?

Yes, they're my husband's.

He reads Japanese?

A little. His boss is Japanese.

How should I address you?

My husband's name is Chan.

My name's Chow.

I'll leave you in peace.

Thank you, Mr. Chow.

Don't mention it.

I'll ask Mrs. Chan.

Mrs. Chan,

eat with us before you go!

No, thanks.

I must dash to the airport.

- Your husband's coming back?

- Yes.

Then I won't keep you.

- Going out?

- Yes.

Sorry I'm late!

Amah, pour some beer.


Mrs. Chow,

try some Shanghai dishes.

Where is Mrs. Chan off to so late?

Meeting her husband at the airport.

So that's why she looks different.

It's all packed.

Take care on your trip.

I will.

How long this time?

Two to four weeks.

Remember to bring back

two more of those handbags.

Who for?

My boss.

Two of them?

You know why.

Different colors?

The same will do! Who cares?


Mrs. Ho.

Mr. Ho is still in a meeting.

He'll be home late.

Please don't wait to eat.

Yes. We're so busy at the moment.

Yes. I'll ask him to call you

when he gets back.

Did you call my wife?

Yes, I said you'd be back later.

Have you booked the restaurant?

A table for two at 8:00.

Miss Yu called

to say she's on her way.

I'll be back after dinner.

Can I bring you something?

No, thanks. I'll get my own.

Leave when you're ready.

I'll lock up.

- Good evening, Mr. Ho!

- Evening!

- Going out, Mrs. Chan?

- Yes.

Going out so late?

Just getting some noodles.

Amah is making pork soup. Join us.

Thanks, I'm not really hungry.

I just want some air.

You're too polite.

Next time!

They're all starving. We can eat.

Have you spoken to Ming?

So I'll go with someone else!

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