World of Wong Kar Wai: In the Mood for Love

(Hong Kong/1990—directed by Wong Kar Wai)

With his lush visuals, stirring soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has established himself as one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema.

The DFT presented a retrospective of newly restored WKW classics virtually during the pandemic last year, but we’re happier still to now be presenting four of his masterworks in stunning 4K resolution on the big screen, the way they cry out to be seen.

In 1962 Hong Kong, Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments.

With an achingly beautiful soundtrack featuring Michael Galasso and Nat King Cole and exquisitely precise color cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee, the film has been a major influence on the past two decades of cinema, and may well have been the first truly great film of the 2000s. This 4K digital restoration was supervised by the director. Winner of 46 international film awards, including Best Actor (Tony Leung) and Special Technical Grand Prizes, Cannes Film Festival 2000. In Cantonese and Shanghainese with English subtitles. (98 minutes)

In the Mood for Love is ravishing beyond mortal words.” -Ed Gonzalez, Slant.com

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