The Hand (Director's Cut)

Directed by Wong Kar Wai
2004
Hong Kong
56 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Gong Li and Chang Chen star in this hypnotic tale of obsession, repression, and class divisions.
Like In the Mood for Love, The Hand is set in the hazy Hong Kong of the 1960s, but its characters couldn’t be more different from the earlier film’s restrained, haunted lovers. Originally conceived for the omnibus film Eros, which included Equilibrium (Steven Soderbergh) and The Dangerous Thread of Things (Michelangelo Antonioni). The film – presented in this retrospective for the first time in its extended cut – tells the tale of Zhang (Chang Chen), a shy tailor’s assistant enraptured by a mysterious client, Miss Hua (Gong Li). The Hand finds Wong Kar Wai continuing to transition from the frenetic, energised style of his earlier films into a register that is lush with romantic grandeur. On release, the critic Roger Ebert said of the film, “it stays with me. The characters expand in my memory and imagination.”
Exquisitely rendered.
Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

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Sat 13 February
4:30pm
Dendy Newtown
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Program Strand
Love & Neon: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai
Year
2004
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Hong Kong
Language
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Director
Wong Kar Wai
Producer
Wong Kar Wai
Cast
Gong Li, Chang Chen, Jianjun Zhou
Screenwriter
Wong Kar Wai, Jacky Pang Yee-wah
Cinematographer
Christopher Doyle
Editor
William Chang
Genre
Retrospective
Company Credits
Janus Films
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