The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

In the Mood for Love

Experience a high point in Wong Kar-wai’s redoubtable career with In the Mood for Love, a hauntingly beautiful romantic drama from the master filmmaker.

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, the movie is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments.

With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography, In the Mood for Love has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema.

The Frida Cinema is proud to present In the Mood for Love as part of our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series of films recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.  A portion of ticket proceeds from screenings of In the Mood for Love will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative launched by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University in response to the alarming escalation of acts of xenophobia and bigotry against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more at


“In the Mood is a love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound.” — Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

“Further complemented by the gentle lull of Nat King Cole songs, In The Mood For Love casts a dreamy and melancholic spell that remains unbroken long after the closing credits have rolled.” — Scott Tobias, AV Club

“It’s intelligently conceived, exquisitely crafted and flawlessly acted.” — Joy Boyar, Orlando Sentinel