Three short films -- one each from directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai -- address the themes of love and sex.

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Miss Hua (segment "The Hand")
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Zhang (segment "The Hand")
Feng Tien ...
Master Jin (segment "The Hand")
Chun-Luk Chan ...
Hua's Servant - Ying (segment "The Hand") (as Auntin Luk)
Jianjun Zhou ...
Hua's Lover - Zhao (segment "The Hand")
Wing Tong Sheung ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kim Tak Wong ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Siu Man Ting ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Lai Fu Yim ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Cheng You Shin ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Wing Kong Siu ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kar Fai Lee ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Chi Keong Un ...
Hotel Concierge (segment "The Hand")
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Nick Penrose (segment "Equilibrium")
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Dr. Pearl / Hal (segment "Equilibrium")
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A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream; and a story of unrequited love about a beautiful, 1960s high-end call girl in an impossible affair with her young tailor. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Three visionary directors. One erotic journey.

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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Designed as a tribute to Michelangelo Antonioni. Ironically, Antonioni's contribution was universally deemed to be the worst of the three. See more »

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10/10 only for Wong Kar-Wai's segment
12 February 2006 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

For fans of Wong Kar-Wai, his segment "The Hands" is a must-see, as it ranks among his best, most fully-realized works. A truly stunning piece of work that not only summarizes everything great about his film-making, but which is also more focused and less indulgent than some of his more recent work. Unfortunately, the other two segments, from Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni respectively, don't fair nearly as well. Soderbergh's piece, titled "Equilibrium", is a tediously self-conscious exercise in cerebral cleverness, typical of his attempts at uncommercial "art" film-making (as opposed to his usual faceless Hollywood products). It is basically the cinematic equivalent of an obnoxious faux-intellectual laughing at his own "witty" joke. It only further proves what a truly cold, soulless filmmaker Soderbergh is that his segment of an anthology film supposedly based around the theme of sex is completely devoid of sensuality of any kind. Antonioni's closing segment (baring the appropriately pretentious title "The Dangerous Thread of Things") fairs slightly better, but not enough to prevent it from being a sad near self-parody from what was once one of cinema's leading lights. It is tempting to blame Antonioni's stroke (which rendered him wheelchair-bound and mute in 1985) for his piece's dirty old man sensibility (parts of it approach bad soft-core porn), but even that doesn't excuse the film's sheer almost laughable (if it weren't so tragic) pretentiousness. It could nearly pass as a parody of obtuse, incomprehensible European art films. That said, the film is still more than well worth watching for Wong Kar-Wai's film alone. Since it comes first in the chronology, you can easily watch it and then turn it off before the other two.


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