in about 100 words or less
Hong Kong 98m, Colour
Director: Wong Kar-wai; Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Siu Ping Lam, Rebecca Pan, Lai Chen
A slow-moving melancholy romance set in the early 1960s, Chow and Su are lonely next-door neighbours who become close friends. Learning that their respective spouses are involved in an affair, they eventually develop deeper feelings. Concerned how their relationship might be perceived, and not wanting to ruin their own reputations, they go to great lengths to stay out of the public eye. Though In the Mood for Love is a beautifully appointed production, with a simple plot, it is also an oddly difficult film to follow, perhaps because of the curious nature of the unconsummated relationship, and the partially concealed depiction of their adulterous spouses (Klaus Ming February 2016).