Music from the movies “In The Mood For Love”, “Hero” and “2046”

Three beautiful pieces from three different movies. The video is titled “In The Mood For Love Music Video”, but the first piece is actually “Adagio” from the Wong Kar-wai movie titled 2046, and the last piece is the main theme of the Chinese film “Hero” by Zhang Yimou. Clips are from the Wong Kar-wai movie “In the mood for love”.

The pieces are:

  1. Adagio (Secret Garden) from the Wong Kar-wai movie “2046” @0:00
  2. Yumeji’s theme (Shigeru Umebayashi) from the Wong Kar-wai movie “In the mood for love” @2:58
  3. Main theme (Tan Dun) from the Zhang Yimou movie “Hero”. @5:58

In the mood for love

In The Mood For Love Poster
The poster of the movie “In The Mood For Love ” (2000), a film by Wong Kar-wai.

The clips are from the movie “In the mood for love”, a 2000 Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The film premiered on 20 May 2000, at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or.

The film’s original Chinese title, meaning “the age of blossoms” or “the flowery years” – Chinese metaphor for the fleeting time of youth, beauty and love – derives from a song of the same name by Zhou Xuan from a 1946 film. The English title derives from the song, “I’m in the Mood for Love”. Wong had planned to name the film Secrets, until listening to the song late in post-production.

It is a restless moment.
She has kept her head lowered,
to give him a chance to come closer.
But he could not, for lack of courage.
She turns and walks away.

That era has passed.
Nothing that belonged to it exists any more.

He remembers those vanished years.
As though looking through a dusty window pane,
the past is something he could see, but not touch.
And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.

Before in the old days when people had secrets they didn’t want to share, they would climb a mountain and find a tree, carve a hole in the tree and whisper the secret into the tree, and hide the hole with mud… That way, no one would ever look the secret…

Secret Garden

Secret Garden
Secret Garden

Secret Garden is an Irish-Norwegian duo playing new instrumental music, also sometimes erroneously known as neo-classical music. Secret Garden features the Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and the Norwegian composer-pianist Rolf Løvland.

The duo has sold over 3 million albums and won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway’s second time in 1995, with the composition “Nocturne”. It was the only time to date that a predominantly instrumental piece has won the Eurovision Song Contest, although a few Norwegian lyrics, written by screenwriter Petter Skavlan, were included to ensure that the entry adhered to the contest’s rules.

Shigeru Umebayashi

Shigeru Umebayashi
Shigeru Umebayashi

Shigeru Umebayashi (born February 19, 1951 in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka) is a Japanese composer.

Once the leader of Japan’s new wave rock band EX, composer Shigeru Umebayashi began scoring films in 1985 when the band broke up. He has more than 40 Japanese and Chinese films to his credit and is perhaps best known in the West for his score for director Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000).

Tan Dun

Tan Dun
Tan Dun

Tan Dun (born 1957, Changsha, Hunan) is a Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, most widely known for his scores for the movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, as well as composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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