Uncertain Love in Liminal Space

Hai-Hong LI


The This essay examines Wong Kar-wai’s use of interior space in the film In the Mood for Love (2000) to interpret the diasporic identity of Shanghainese in Hong Kong during the mid-1960s. To describe the secrete and intimate relationship between two neighbors living in small apartments, the director makes the cinematic space the reflection of the complexity of the emotions involved. Through voyeuristic camerawork, the film not only successfully captures the plight of the couple who is torn between moral norms and passion but also, on a larger scale, the liminal space and uncertainty of diasporic life in Hong Kong.


City, Romance, Diaspora, Identity


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