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In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love is a 2000 Hong Kong romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Wong Kar-wai. Its original Chinese title means "Flowery Years". It tells the story of a man (played by Tony Leung) and a woman (Maggie Cheung) whose spouses have an affair together and who slowly develop feelings for each other.

Plot

The story opens in an exiled Shanghainese community in British Hong Kong in 1962. Chow Mo-wan, a journalist, rents a room in an apartment of a building on the same day as Su Li-zhen, a secretary from a shipping company. They become next-door neighbours. Each has a spouse who works and often leaves them alone on overtime shifts. Due to the friendly but overbearing presence of a Shanghainese landlady, Mrs. Suen, and their bustling, mahjong-playing neighbours, Chow and Su often find themselves alone in their rooms. Their lives continue to intersect in everyday situations: a recurring motif is the loneliness of eating alone. The film documents the leads' chance encounters, each making his and her individual trek to the street noodle stall, sometimes intersecting without connecting.

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    award Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor César Award for Best Foreign Film European Film Award for Best Non-European Film Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1204819 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
    contentLocation Hong Kong
    director Wong Kar-wai
    editor William Chang
    events fleeting relationship infidelity marriage
    genre drama
    keywords 1960s hong kong 1960s in hong kong angkor wat british hong kong build chance encounter connect eat exile hotel room mahjong rush shipping company siem reap
    musicBy Michael Galasso Shigeru Umebayashi
    nomination Australian Film Institute Award for Best Foreign Film BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film César Award for Best Foreign Film European Film Award for Best Non-European Film Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress Hong Kong Film Award for Best Cinematography Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1204819 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
    producer Wong Kar-wai
    publisher Block 2 Pictures
    recordedAt Macau
    theme martial arts narrative romantic drama wuxia