In The Mood For Love

Sun 6 March 2005 // 15:00

(Kar-Wai / 2000 / Hong Kong (subtitles) / 98 mins / 35mm / cert PG)

In Hong Kong, 1962, the editor Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and his wife, and the secretary Su Li-Zhen Chan (Maggie Cheung) and her husband simultaneously move to an old building. With their respective partners away from home, Chow and Li-Zhen develop a friendship, based on their love of noodles and kung-fu stories. Inevitably their feelings for each other deepen through close contact, but Li-Zhen's shyness and sense of repression keeps the romance at a platonic and, ultimately, impossible level.

Possibly Wong Kar-Wai's greatest achievement as a filmmaker, the attention to period detail, lush cinematography and beautiful observations of the minutae of human desire make this vital viewing.