S3E13 - In the Mood for Love (2000)


Hello everyone, 

In the final episode of the season, John and Jason discuss Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love (2000), perhaps his most famous film. A seminal film in the history of Hong Kong cinema, it denotes a transitional period in the director's career. But is it his best? Listen to our discussion and let us know what your opinion is. 

We hope you enjoy.



  •  Decision to Leave Dominates Blue Dragon Awards (Source)

    • Best Film, Best Director (Park Chan-Wook), Best Actor (Park Hae-Il of Decision to Leave), Best Actress (Tang Wei of Decision to Leave), Best Screenplay – Park Chan-Wook, Jung Seo-Kyoung (Decision to Leave); 

    • Kim Hye-Yoon of The Girl on a Bulldozer won Best New Actress.

  • Decision to Leave – Golden Globe, Best Foreign Film Nomination.

In Production

  • Ang Lee’s Bruce Lee Biopic (Source)

    • Ang Lee will direct a Bruce Lee biopic. The film will star Ang’s son Mason Lee. Mason has been training for the role over the last three years. Lee has starred in the Taiwanese romantic comedy Stand By Me, the Hong Kong serial killer film Limbo and Taiwanese crime thriller Who Killed Cock Robin. He was nominated for the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor for both films.

  • Netflix Bong Joon-ho doc (Source)

    • Netflix is producing a documentary with the working title Yellow Door: Looking For Director Bong’s Unreleased Short Film. As the title suggests, it delves into the history of Bong Joon Ho’s first short film, which was seen by just ten people. The film a stop-motion short called Looking For Paradise and was made by Bong when he was in university. It was reportedly only seen by ten members of cinephile club, Yellow Door, over Christmas 1992 and has never been seen since.


Japanese Film Festival+ Stream Films for Free (Source)

A free online streaming program called JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA launches on December 15th and will run until June 15th, 2023. It features 12 Japanese independent films selected by the managers of independent theatres. These films are available to many countries outside of Japan.

The program is complemented by interview videos with directors and actors, and interview articles with managers of the mini-theaters, to bring you closer to the current Japanese cinema culture.

  • - First term: 6 films streamed from December 15, 2022, to March 15, 2023,

  • - Second term: 6 films streamed March 15, 2023, to June 15 2023,

  • Free online streaming. Email registration is required.

In Memoriam

  • Yoichi Sai and Yoshishige Yoshida have passed away.