“Looks, gestures and even clothes stand in for what remains unspoken, with Wong employing a subtle array of stylistic devices – organized around a structure of ritual and repetition – to evoke repressed passion and wistful nostalgia… In the Mood for Love is sublime.”
David Cox, i–D
Five stars
“This film is not only a treatise on memory, but also on the art of acting.”
Amy Taubin, Sight & Sound
Five stars
“A heartbreaking final scene more than substantiates the idea that it is a Brief Encounter for the 21st century”
Ryan Gilbey, Guardian Film
Five stars
“The film is itself a vivid monument dedicated to an era… Wong Kar Wai has “kidnapped” an [earlier] era and married it to French cinema.”
Charles Tesson, Cahiers du Cinema
Five stars
“In the Mood for Love is the most sensuous film of the year. Yet, in an age when cinema and television routinely parade acres of naked flesh before us, Wong shows nothing more explicit than two people brushing past each other in a corridor. The results are electrifying.”
SF Said, The Daily Telegraph
Mrs Chan sitting on the edge of the bed in her apartment
Mah-Jong tiles


2000 Cannes Film Festival

  • Won: Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu–wai)
  • Won: Technical Grand Prize (Christopher Doyle, Lee Ping-bing, William Chang)
  • Nominated: Palme d'Or

2001 Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Won: Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai)
  • Won: Best Actress (Maggie Cheung)
  • Won: Best Art Direction (William Chang)
  • Won: Best Costume & Make-up Design (William Chang)
  • Nominated: Best Picture
  • Nominated: Best Director (Wong Kar-wai)
  • Nominated: Best Screenplay (Wong Kar-wai)
  • Nominated: Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle)

2001 Hong Kong Film Critics Awards

  • Won: Best Director (Wong Kar–Wai)
  • Won: Film of Merit

Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics

  • Won: Grand Prix

2001 Cesar Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Film

2001 German Film Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Film

2001 New York Film Critic Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Won: Best Cinematography

2001 British Independent Film Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

BAFTA Award for Best Film

  • Nominated: Best Film Not in the English Language

Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film