Maggie Cheung and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung in In the Mood for Love (2000)
Maggie Cheung and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung in In the Mood for Love (2000)
In the Mood for Love (2000)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-Wai | Hong Kong, France | 2000 | PG

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Wed 29 Mar 2023

Exquisite, dance-like account of the never-quite-consummated relationship between two lonely married people who suspect their spouses of having an affair. A rondo of glances, meticulously rendered gestures, and the graceful orchestrations of everyday life, Wong’s opus is one of the 21st century’s greatest films, a totally engulfing but distanced portrait of a long-vanished time and place (1960s Hong Kong). Wong’s extraordinary choreography of music, body and image provides the perfect platform for Leung and Maggie Cheung’s intimate, towering performances.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 98 mins

Event duration

98 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, whilst working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend, Stephen Chow...

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