Fa yeung nin wah
**½/**** Image B Sound A- Extras B-
starring Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung
written and directed by Wong Kar-wai
by Travis Mackenzie Hoover Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love wavers between the surface pleasures of gorgeous imagery and narrative play and the crystallization of themes that have been latent in the director's work for quite some time. The film is almost aggressively evanescent: informational repressions and structural manipulations relentlessly undercut the doomed, strangled love between two Hong Kong neighbours, turning their half-formed relationship into an exquisite torture for both the characters and the audience.