• Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is so exquisitely rendered and precisely calibrated that it seems it could only have ever been conceived of as the pensive, formal meditation that it is. But surprisingly, neither Wong nor his stars—Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung—knew exactly what shape the film was going to take when they started working on it. As Wong’s behind-the-scenes documentary @ In the Mood for Love (a supplement on our edition) reveals, when they began shooting, the general sense of the project was more “naughty, erotic,” as Leung describes it, and even a bit goofy. Wong later made the decision to reshoot the entire movie, but delightfully, some of the footage from that original lighter film still exists. Watch this deleted scene, introduced by Leung, which will give you an idea of what the other In the Mood for Love might have been.

7 comments

  • By Murmer99
    October 05, 2012
    01:05 PM

    The film could've used a bit of humor.
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  • By Gord
    October 06, 2012
    08:20 PM

    It's stuff like this that makes me love the movies; it's profoundly life affirming. Too bad it's not in the film. I have yet to see the film, but too bad it's not. Thank you to Criterion for providing this as an extra.
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  • By Philip
    October 08, 2012
    09:55 PM

    Very early-Tarantino.
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    • By Dan
      October 08, 2012
      11:48 PM

      You mean Godard
    • By Patrick
      October 09, 2012
      07:17 AM

      Haha
  • By cat-tang
    October 09, 2012
    10:11 PM

    I thought it was adorable and yes it could lighten the film :)
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  • By Shaun
    October 10, 2012
    08:58 AM

    I hate how Criterion removed some amazing essays that were on the DVD of In the Mood for Love! And they hope we don't notice.
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