Two and a half minutes from Wong Kar-Wai’s 2000 masterpiece IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE.
In the Mood for Love (Chinese: 花樣年華) is a 2000 Hong Kong film written, produced and directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The film’s original Chinese title, meaning “the age of blossoms” or “the flowery years” – Chinese metaphor for the fleeting time of youth, beauty and love – derives from a song of the same name by Zhou Xuan from a 1946 film. The English title derives from the song, “I’m in the Mood for Love”. Wong had planned to name the film Secrets, until listening to the song late in post-production.
In the Mood for Love premiered on 20 May 2000, at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or and Leung was awarded Best Actor. It is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. The movie forms the second part of an informal trilogy: The first part was Days of Being Wild (released in 1990) and the last part was 2046 (released in 2004).