I am a humanoid being. I live somewhere in the Milkyway. I regularly convert oxygen into carbon dioxide, and I enjoy edible substances. I have recently stumbled upon Earth's "moving pictures" and am quite taken with them. But you already knew that, didn't you?
Beautiful. And so ugly. Yet, somehow, the ugliness only seems to enhance the beauty. I did feel that the plot could have been executed a little better, but the musical score and cinematography more than make up for what is lacking there. Jia Zhang-Ke is an incredible filmmaker, and I definitely will be checking out his other work.
Do only Asian filmmakers know the difference between love and sex? In a Hollywood film, you always get the latter, while the former is severely underdeveloped. But no, not in this film, a story of 'platonic romance.' The only other film that I have seen that hasn't made the mistake of assuming 'love' and 'sex' are synonymous is Takeshi Kitano's "Dolls." In the Mood for Love is an incredible film, and has earned my respect a hundred times over for it's masterful filmmaking.
It may bore those who are too familiarized with the modern film era of constant action, but for me: I loved it. I found the performances to be fantastic; Jof in his goofy, fatherly role; Jons with his sarcastic, straight-faced demeanor; Antonius, passionate in his never-ceasing pursuit for knowledge of the existence of God; and Death--how could anyone forget Death? Ubiquitous, cunning, clever Death.
My only problem with the film was that the promised thought-provoking religious and philosophical viewpoints were replaced with meaningless comedic scenes. I would have preferred to watch an intelligent film controversially prodding at said religion and philosophy, instead of tolerating the disappointment of only slightly funny comic reliefs.
That said, I stand by my original statement; The Seventh Seal is a classic.