Wong Kar-Wai’s 2000 movie stars Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. More than any director I know, Wong uses music to further the plot and themes of his movies. Yumeji’s Theme, the music found in this Youtube link, does a fantastic job at rendering in a visceral way the loneliness and disappointment of these two characters. I’m not sure that any dialogue or sub-plot could provide the same emotional tonality.
In the Mood for Love is one of my top ten movies of all time. Wong expects much from his viewers and delivers much in return. I am also of the opinion the Maggie Cheung’s performance cements her standing as one of our greatest living actors.
I enjoyed this movie late one Saturday night. I think it is best viewed that way. Had I still been smoking I’m sure I would have had at least three smokes after the movie as I contemplated how very lonely and disappointing love can be.