Aesthetically gorgeous, but definitely a lackluster script.
When you work with film and aren't a filmmaker, you still think a lot about the way to shoot things. How you would shoot someone waking up from a nice dream. A couple in love fondling each other. An argument in which someone gets hurts emotionally. Someone getting a cup of coffee somewhere.
Most times when you see a movie you don't think much about, you know, how they filmed it and how you'd have done. Until you watch something…
"In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn't want to share, they went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever."
In the Mood for Love is about exactly that. A romance that never happened. Chow and Su moved to the same building, same floor, and thus became neighbours. Chow has a wife and Su…