In the Mood for Love

          In the Mood For Love   •   花樣年華     (Wong Kar-  wai   2000)               </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"            Clip: Criterion Collection's  Three Reasons to watch In the Mood for Love    Two married couples, the Chans and the Chows, rent rooms from Shanghainese neighbours in   1960s   Hong Kong  . Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) and Mr. Chow (Tony Leung)   begin to   suspect that their partners may be   having an affair with each   other  .        Partly out of   lon  e  liness   and partly out of curiosity,   Mr  .   Chow and   Mrs  .   Chan begin to spend more time toge  ther. Their initial curiosity turns into real affection but,   as Mrs. Chan says, ‘we will not be like them’.        The film follows the development of their feelings against an opulent   backdrop of damask wallpapers and   sultry slow motion encounters   in the corridors and alleyways of their home and   neighbourhood  , all perfectly framed and paced to the sounds of  Yumeji's Theme    by   Shigeru   Umebayashi     or     Nat King Cole’s cover   of  Quizás quizás quizás  by   Osvaldo   Farrés  .       The reserved and brooding   characters of   Mr  .   Chow and   Mrs  .   Chan   contrast   sharply   with the lively and carefree Shanghainese families   with whom they each live. This   creates a humorous backdrop to   a   story of desire and restraint in a   very   retro,   very   transnational  ,   19  60s Hong Kong.        Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan     eat steak dinners as well as   traditional dishes, and get their accessories from Japan.   Characters are constantly on the move between Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines and the USA, and filming took place partly in Thailand.   However, the framing of Hong Kong as a hub of transnational activity is distinctly set in the past.   Mrs.   Chang's   endless supply of qipao dresses     and Mr. Chow's persistent   smoking at the typewriter in a Western business suit all contribute to   the captivating     retro-nostalgic aesthetic  .           In the Mood for Love    is   often cited as one of the first in     a wave of Hong Kong-Chinese   coproductions   with W  estern countries (in this case, France), that would garner critical and   commercial   success among Western audiences.   However, u  nlike o  ther 'crossover' films   it is not of the W  uxia (Martial Arts)   genre.  In the Mood for Love  uses a cinematographic register of international commercial art cinema and is more comparable to films such as  Amelie      (J  ean Pierre   Jeunet   2001)  .     Having won prizes at awards ceremonies around the world, i  n 2016    In the Mood for Love      was     named the second-best film of the 21  st   century after  Mulholland Drive    (David Lynch 2001) by a g  roup of 177 critics for the BBC.     Definitely worth a watch!           BMC Cultural Exchange are putting on a free screening of In the Mood for Love at Quilliam   Brothers’ Teahouse in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday February 5  th   2017   at 7.30pm.         See our  Facebook  events page for more details.             
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Explore Chinese culture through film!

BMC are putting on a free screening of In the Mood for Love (dir. Wong Kar-wai, 2000) to celebrate the end of Spring Festival. 

Read our review of this wonderful film here. 

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