4K RESTORED VERSION
Alternative Title: 花樣年華
Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
BEST ACTOR (Tony Leung Chiu Wai)
TECHNICAL GRAND PRIZE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING (Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping-Bing, William Chang Suk-Ping)
53rd Cannes Film Festival ( 2000)
BEST ACTRESS (Maggie Cheung Man Yuk)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping-Bing)
BEST COSTUMES (William Chang Suk-Ping)
37th Taipei Golden Horse Awards (2000)
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST NON-EUROPEAN FILM
European Film Awards (2000)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Cesar Awards (2001)
In bustling 1962 Hong Kong, Chow Mo-Wan moves into a new apartment with his wife. The same day Su Li-Zhen moves in next door with her husband. The two have no real relationship – they pass each other on the stairway going out to get food – until both suddenly grasp that their spouses are having an affair together. As they begin meeting to ponder this shared infidelity, Li-Zhen and Mo-Wan start to feel emotions they are not sure they can, or should, express.
This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35 mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai.
Director’s statement about the restoration:
At the end of my film In the Mood for Love, there was a caption:
He remembers those vanished years.
As though looking through a dusty window pane,
the past is something he could see, but not touch.
And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.
It was my exact feeling when I watched the film again in 2015.
In collaboration with Criterion and with the meticulous work of L’Immagine Ritrovata, we spent five years on the restoration of not only In the Mood for Love, but also the rest of this collection.
Now, the window is no longer dusty.
Text courtesy of John Powers, Janus Films and Jet Tone Films
To see the full Retrospective: Wong Kar Wai programme, please refer here. The programme will run from 5 March to 4 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.
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