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Eros (2004)

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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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong), Steven Soderbergh | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Li Gong ... Miss Hua (segment "The Hand")
Chen Chang ... Zhang (segment "The Hand")
Feng Tien ... Master Jin (segment "The Hand") (as Fung Tin)
Chun-Luk Chan Chun-Luk Chan ... Hua's Servant - Ying (segment "The Hand") (as Auntie Luk)
Jianjun Zhou Jianjun Zhou ... Hua's Lover - Zhao (segment "The Hand")
Wing Tong Sheung Wing Tong Sheung ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kim Tak Wong Kim Tak Wong ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Siu Man Ting Siu Man Ting ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Lai Fu Yim Lai Fu Yim ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Cheng You Shin Cheng You Shin ... Tailor (segment "The Hand") (as Cheng You Shih)
Wing Kong Siu Wing Kong Siu ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kar Fai Lee Kar Fai Lee ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Chi Keong Un Chi Keong Un ... Hotel Concierge (segment "The Hand")
Robert Downey Jr. ... Nick Penrose (segment "Equilibrium")
Alan Arkin ... Dr. Pearl / Hal (segment "Equilibrium")
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Storyline

Three separate stories of love, desire and/or obsession are presented. "The Hand" tells of the desire that builds in the several years long largely professional relationship (his profession) between Xiao Zhang, the apprentice to tailor Mr. Jin, and Ms. Hua, a prostitute, the two who meet when he is first sent to take her measurements for a new dress. Sexually inexperienced, that meeting awakens Zhang's sexual desires. The story takes place during a phase of Ms. Hua's life when she becomes ill, making her unable to work and thus live to the style to which she is accustomed. In "Equilibrium", Nick Penrose is having his first session with Dr. Pearl, a therapist, Nick's anxiety and thus want to see a therapist probably due to a combination of starting a new project with his colleague Hal in their job as advertising executives, and a recurring dream he is having about a woman who he doesn't know but knows in the dream, that woman who is not his wife, Cecelia. These issues may be at play ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Three visionary directors. One erotic journey.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Italy | Hong Kong | France | Luxembourg | UK

Language:

Mandarin | English | Italian

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ерос See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,666, 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$188,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,535,829
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (dream sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Steven Soderbergh's first self-penned original script since Schizopolis (1996). See more »

Alternate Versions

The version screened at the Venice Film Festival presented the three short films in the following order: "The Hand" (Kar-Wai Wong), "Equilibrium" (Steven Soderbergh) and "Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose" (Michelangelo Antonioni). When the film was released theatrically in Italy, "Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose" was presented as the first and "The Hand" as the third. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite
Written by Chico O'Farrill
Performed by Chico O'Farrill and his Orchestra
Courtesy of the Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
[Segment "Equilibrium"]
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Good First 2/3 of the Movie
18 September 2004 | by DrSatisfactionSee all my reviews

And a very bad last 1/3 by Michelangelo Antonioni. I saw this movie last night at the Elgin Theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival and people walked out after seeing the Wong Kar Wai and Steven Soderbergh segments. I find it hard to rate this movie as a whole so I'll rate each segment of the movie separately. First, there was Wong Kar Wai's short film, titled "The Hand", starring Gong Li and Chang Chen. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the movie, because to me, this definitely portrays what true love is about. It is a very sad story, told with great camera work and the colors were amazing, thanks to Christopher Doyle, the cinematographer. The lighting, soundtrack, and mood were also very enjoyable and complimented each other wonderfully. I rated this part of the movie a 9/10. Then came Soderbergh's short film "Equilibrium". This was more of a comedy, which was very much welcomed since the first part of the film was so sad. Again, the cinematography here was great too, although the story's plot wasn't as easy to follow as Wong's story. The symbolisms were a bit too much, in my personal opinion, but it was still a great short film. I gave this part a 7/10. Then came Antonioni's short movie, which I don't even remember the name of. The plot was almost nonexistent and to me, it was more of an excuse for porn than anything else. Like my friend said, it was as if Antonioni came to America and asked someone what their impression of foreign film was, and made it into this film. I particularly disliked the excessive amount of nudity in this segment of the film, since to me, it posed no greater meaning or purpose. The dialogue also had some of the cheesiest one liners I've seen since Van Helsing. I rated this part a 4/10. Overall, I'd say this movie was a 7/10 mainly because Wong Kar Wai and Steven Soderbergh pulled the average up.


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