The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 7, No. 1


by Liu Yi-chang

Intersection Web

In the 1990s Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai discovered "Intersection," a 1972 novella by Liu Yi-chang, and resolved to adapt it for the screen. In the Mood for Love, Wong's eventual film, departed greatly from Liu's story—the characters' relationships, occupations, and ages were all changed. But Wong maintained the essential element of Liu's story: its mood of urban alienation and unrealized yearning, as well as its melodic pacing. In the Mood for Love triumphed at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Grand Prix de la Technique, Best Actor, and a Palme d'Or nomination. This is the story that inspired it.

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