Yesterday I watched In The Mood For Love. The film is set in 1960′s Hong Kong. I spent the whole movie convinced it was made in the 1970s. “It has way too much class to have been made in the last decade,” I said in an insistent, educated tone. Turns out it was made in 2000. Shows what I know about film.
There’s a piece of music – Shigeru Umebayashi’s Yumeji’s Theme – that is revisited throughout. The action slows down and for a few seconds everything is melancholy and deliberate, like a sad ballet.
Christopher Doyle was the film’s cinematographer. Doyle establishes a sort of forced intimacy where, scene-to-scene, we get right in there with the characters. Wedged in to their stuffy Hong Kong apartment, watching from the other room. Or stood in a dark alleyway, sharing their breath and their problem.
Take a couple of hours out of your day to watch it. It’s comfortable and intense. Like putting a pillow on your head so you can be alone.
3. Find In the Mood for Love and watch it.