Recommended: In the Mood for Love (2000)

Wong Kar-Wai captures Love in a mesmerizing waltz of secret meetings

Directed by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai and featuring incredible performances from Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, In the Mood for Love (2000) remains one of the best romance films ever made.

Wong meticulously eases the two neighbors together, peeling away their defenses to reveal their most tender moments of private attraction. As their romance plays out in secret, each shot is crafted to feel like we're spying on moments that should not be seen. This film is film-making at its best. Deeply profound, exquisitely subtle, and hauntingly bittersweet, In the Mood for Love will forever hold a place among my most treasured films.


  • Released in 2000
  • Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
  • Produced by Wong Kar-Wai
  • Written by Wong Kar-Wai
  • Starring Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung
  • Music by Michael Galasso, Shigeru Umebayashi
  • Cinematography by Christopher Dole, Mark Lee Ping Bin
  • Production by Jet Tone Production, Paradis Films
  • Distributed by Block 2 Pictures
  • Run-time of 98 minutes
  • Watch now on HBO Max