Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love stands tall as a modern classic today but its road to worldwide acclaim was marred by various problems behind the scenes.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, see how In The Mood for Love went from concept to Cannes in our new video documenting the troubled 15-month production behind Wong Kar-Wai’s iconic film.

English language captions available.



Words, Narration & Editing:

Hieu Chau


Films Used:

As Tears Go By (1988)
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Ashes of Time (1994)
Fallen Angels (1995)
Happy Together (1997)
Away with Words (1999)
Buenos Aires Zero Degree: The Making of Happy Together (1999)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002)
2046 (2004)
Let the Wind Carry Me (2009)


Music Used:

Yumeji’s Theme – Shigeru Umebayashi
Finale (Tango Apasionado) – Astor Piazzola
Aquellos Ojos Verdes – Nat King Cole
The Story – Norah Jones
ITMFL III – Michael Galasso
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas – Nat King Cole
Hua Yang De Nian Hua – Zhou Xuan


Additional Video:

@ In the Mood for Love (Criterion Collection , DVD)
A Note on the Making of in the Mood for Love (Criterion Collection, DVD)
The Making of Away with Words (Makabe [], YouTube)
Born from Ashes: The Making of Ashes of Time Redux (Films Extras, YouTube)
Rare Footage on set of Ashes of Time (NYAFF, YouTube)
Press Conference with Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung (Criterion, DVD)
BBC Moving Pictures with Wong Kar-wai and Christopher Doyle (Films Extras, YouTube)
張國榮 Leslie Cheung【紅】跨越97演唱會 (滾石唱片 ROCK RECORDS, YouTube)
Maggie Cheung interview at Cannes 2000 (Art of East Meets West, YouTube)
Wong Kar-Wai at the Museum of Moving Image 2008 (Films Extras, YouTube)


Additional Research:

The Cinema of Wong Kar-Wai (by John Powers)
Wong Kar-Wai (by Stephen Teo)