My favorite film of the new millennium. Wong Kar Wai proves with this masterpiece that he is one of the most original and talented directors working today. I love how he uses the scenery, costumes, makeup, and cinematography to convey the couple's situation of entrapment and passionate lust. By simply filming the couple talking in front of metal bars and occupying the onscreen space with a piece of furniture, we can visually register and understand that this romance we want to see flourish is doomed. I love the use of color in this movie. Never before have I been so in love with the color red. Both of the actors do a fantastic, subtle job of conveying this couple's heartache. Maggie Cheung looks absolutely alluring and lovely. I have not seen or felt an onscreen presence like hers in a long time.