Film: In the Mood for Love (2000)
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle
Colour Scheme: Jewel-tone / Split-Complementary
Rich, supple, gorgeous without looking manufactured. The colour in Wong Kar-wai's 'In the Mood for Love' blends in as naturalistic even when catching the eye. It is stylised yet tasteful, subtle yet bold. Colours are without obvious symbolism or binary meaning, instead working for emotional effect.
There is heartache in the redness of the flowing curtain, longing in the magenta of a lipstick-stained cigarette, the irony in the vivid green of a dress.
Beautiful and breathtaking beyond measure. Wong Kar-wai gravitated towards this colour palette as the primary colours signify the strong, singular emotions the characters have, whether it is passion, yearning, or sadness. The richness of these colours shows just how complex these emotions are.