A masterwork of cinematic atmosphere, Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love is set in 1962 and depicts the intersecting lives of Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung), two neighbours who learn over time that their spouses are having an affair. Their lonely existence develops into an unconsummated passion that persists through its characters’ travels to Singapore, the Philippines, and the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The film’s aura of nostalgia is heightened by the appearance (and vocals) of landlady, Mrs. Chan, played by the actress and singer Rebecca Pan. Suffused with longing, In the Mood for Love is a paean to a Hong Kong of the past and a love that might have been.
Presented with the support of Jet Tone Films. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing.
Notes by Dr Su-Anne Yeo.
Screening as part of the East Asian Film Festival Ireland 2018. For full details of the festival, please visit www.ifi.ie/eaffi-2018.