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''In the Mood for Love'' (original title: 花樣年華) is a movie by Hong Kong art-house director WongKarWai, who had previously made a name for himself with the critically acclaimed ''ChungkingExpress'' in 1994. Released in 2000, it is set in the early 1960s and tells the bittersweet story of a man and a woman (played respectively by Creator/TonyLeung and MaggieCheung) who are neighbors, and whose respective spouses have an affair with each other. While they find themselves increasingly attracted to each other, they refuse to give in to their feelings out of a sense of propriety.

It is the second part of an informal trilogy of films. The first, ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild'' (1991), was (partly) about Maggie Cheung's character from this one. Tony Leung also appeared in an uncredited cameo, but it's unclear if he was playing the same character. The third film, ''2046'' (2004), is about Leung's ''In The Mood For Love'' character, with Cheung briefly appearing in flashback. Though thematically similar (as is much of Wong Kar Wai's work, which [[AuthorAppeal very often]] deals with the difficulty of finding love), the films don't have much in common story-wise. ''2046'' might spoil ''In The Mood...'' a little bit, but otherwise they're separate experiences.

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!!Contains examples of:

* BittersweetEnding
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The original title translates as "Our Glorious Years Have Passed Like Flowers".
* CriterionCollection
* TheFaceless: Neither character's spouse is ever shown; we only hear their voices or see the back of their heads.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Averted. The protagonists, already close in spirit, discover that their respective spouses are having an affair with each other, yet they tacitly agree not to do likewise - although there are hints (not that there are anything ''but'' hints in this film) that they came very close.
* HongKong: That's where the story takes place, but since it's set in the early 1960s and the city has changed a lot since then, the movie had to be shot in Malaysia.
* LandmarkOfLore: The epilogue of the film takes place in Angkor Wat, a place where Mr. Chow feels he can safely unburden himself of his secret.
* SceneryPorn: Angkor Wat. (That's assuming every movie photographed by Christopher Doyle doesn't ''automatically'' qualify.)
* SlowMotion: Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung are repeatedly filmed in slow motion while walking, climbing stairs, buying dumplings, etc...
* TitledAfterTheSong: "花樣的年華" (''Hua Yang De Nian Hua'') is a song by Zhou Xuan, while the international title is from the song "I'm in the Mood for Love".
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Maggie Cheung wears a different {{Qipao}} in every scene, and sometimes even within what seems to be one scene, hinting the two of them are playing out various scenarios more than once.
* {{UST}}: The whole plot.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: A good question. Many viewers have admitted impatience that the protagonists would get it on already.
* YourCheatingHeart

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