By Kar Wai WONG

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Drama - Completed 2000

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Busan IFF 2020
Gala Presentation
    • Year of production
    • 2000
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kar Wai WONG
    • Writer(s)
    • Kar Wai WONG
    • Synopsis
    • Hong Kong, 1962. Chow Mo-Wan, a journalist, rents a room from Mr. Koo. He will live there with his wife, a hotel receptionist. It’s sheer coincidence that he moves in the same day that Su Lizhen moves in next door, at Mrs. Suen’s place. Lizhen works as secretary to Mr. Ho, the boss of a shipping company. It’s also a coincidence that both of them are moving in without help from their spouses. Chow’s wife is working her shift at the hotel at the time of the move. Lizhen’s husband, Mr. Chan, is away on a business trip; he works for a Japanese company, and is often abroad. Despite having convivial and neighbourly landlords, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan often find themselves alone and lonely in their respective rooms.

      Neither of them ever fins out how it began, but Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan discover that their respective spouses are having an affair. The discovery shocks both of them. Chow, feeling hurt and wishing to understand how the affair happened, begins finding excuses to spend time with Mrs. Chan. They begin rehearsing what they will say to their spouses when they confront them with what they know. Then Mr. Chow invites Mrs. Chan to help him with a martial-arts serial he is writing for the newspaper. Their meetings are discreet, but people begin to notice. There seems no possibility that they, too, will drift into an affair. But Mrs. Chan’s emotional reticence begins to haunt Mr. Chow and he finds his feelings changing. It’s almost like being in love.

      Four years later, as a Singapore-based reporter covering General De Gaulle’s visit to Cambodia, Chow Mo-Wan finds himself remembering an old story about a way of unburdening yourself of a secret you don’t feel able to share with anyone else…