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Wong Kar-wai's "In the Mood for Love" -- original title?

Currently the 2000 film directed by Wong Kar-wai listed at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/ is showing up with its "original" title listed as In the Mood for Love 2001. As far as I know, the original title of this Cantonese-language film was Fa yeung nin wah and it is commonly known in English as In the Mood for Love

Why is it being listed with (a) an English title as its original title, and (b) "2001" as part of the title? The movie not only was first released in 2000, but it also doesn't have anything to do with the year 2001. (It's set in the year 1962.)

I'm hoping that this was just the result of a misunderstanding by a contributor, but this movie has a sufficiently high profile that the staff should have scrutinized any change for its official IMDb title and not accepted the change without good proof.

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Found this link. Perhaps some confusion?

https://wong-kar-wais-love-odysseys.blogspot.com/2017/09/an-elusive-short-film-in-mood-for-love.html?m=1

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@eboy​ Interesting. As there is a short film titled In the Mood for Love 2001 which is listed separately in books about Wong Kar-wai (see https://www.google.com/search?q=%22in+the+mood+for+love+2001%22+short&source=lnms&tbm=bks&sa=X ), it appears that there should be a separate entry for that film, but it should not have been combined with or taken over the title of the feature, Fa yeung nin wah.

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I read somewhere that ”In the Mood for Love 2001” short was only shown in Cannes (edit: Ah, your link says the same) and then not anywhere else. But I don’t have all the details. In any case, that title doesn’t seem to belong to the feature film.

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It might be that someone tried to create title page for the short film but it's merged in the end either by the mistake of the contributor or the editor who was approving the new title submission.

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Hi gromit82 & All -

Thanks for the report and all the comments, after investigating I can confirm that there was an incorrect  Title merge a long time ago that combined the separate title listings. 

I have now corrected the title display and alternate title text and attributes on the page for the 2000 feature film.  I have also split the 2001 short film into a separate title page listing.  If there is any outstanding data listed on the page for the feature film that solely belongs to the short film, confirm those details here and our staff can take another look.

Cheers!

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@Michelle I don't think it was a long time ago, these two snapshots indicate it happened between May 14 and May 21, just a few weeks ago:

https://web.archive.org/web/20220514193922/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/

https://web.archive.org/web/20220521145437/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/

There is a newly added external link here which was not there before May 21: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/externalsites

It's the one with "Third-party news articles" description which seems like belongs to the short title page, it was likely what was provided as evidence when a new title page for short was attempted to be created and ended up being merged instead.

Anyway main reason for my reply here is that I noticed an error in release date added to short film page.

It looks like the date of the referenced article was added as a release date. But the event mentioned in the article happens before the article is published.

These two links say actual date of the referenced event was 16 May 2001:

http://www.cineressources.net/ressource.php?collection=VIDEOS&pk=17637
https://www.vie-publique.fr/discours/181009-declaration-de-mme-catherine-tasca-ministre-de-la-culture-et-de-la-comm

I made a submission with a link to this post: 220604-064835-728000

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The title may have been merged before, and then it happens again (automatically?) if there is a new title submission for the merged title.

I think the same thing happened with my title submission here.

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@Peter_pbn​ Yeah I think it's same thing as your submission, I think what happens is editor who's reviewing the new title submission thinks it's a duplicate and converts it to a merge during approval.