By Chrystal Hooi
Set in Hong Kong, 1962, “In The Mood For Love” is about Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), a newspaper editor who moves into a new apartment complex with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung), an attractive secretary and her executive husband also move into the building. With Li-Zhen’s husband and Mo-Wan’s wife constantly away at the same time, the two quickly became friends with many things in common, including martial arts comics and food. Soon they find out that their respective spouses have an affair, and they comfort each other, introducing a possibility of another affair, which is the platform for profound and moving reflections on life’s fundamentals. “In The Mood For Love” is an immaterial film not only about love; but also betrayal, loss, missed opportunities, memory, the brutality of time’s passage, loneliness.
Although the film was filmed in 2000, it was set in 1962 and has a vintage and retro feel. With that, I decided to make a poster with the same retro feel using basic shapes and contrasting colours. I chose to use four overlapping hearts in two colours: green and red. Green for jealousy, and red for lust, to suit the context of the film. The hearts represent the four characters, Chow Mo-Wan, Su Li-Zhen and their spouses, and the they are slightly translucent so that the overlapping areas can be seen, portraying the complicated love web the two couples face.
List of References:
IMDb. 2000. In the Mood for Love (2000). [online] Available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/ [Accessed: 23 Jun 2013].
The Criterion Collection. 2000. In the Mood for Love: Haunted Heart. [online] Available at: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2494-in-the-mood-for-love-haunted-heart [Accessed: 23 Jun 2013].
About the author:
Chrystal is a girl just trying to get things done in her life, one crisis at a time.