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Three of the world's most gifted filmmakers offer their own unique perspectives on love and lust in this omnibus film. The initial episode, "The Hand," was directed by Wong Kar-Wai, and tells the story of Zhang (Chang Chen), a young, virginal dressmaker's assistant who finds it difficult to control his desire when he is sent to the home of Hua (Gong Li), a beautiful and refined prostitute, for a fitting. Steven Soderbergh directed the film's second story, "Equilibrium," in which Nick Penrose (Robert Downey Jr.) spends a session with his analyst (Alan Arkin) discussing a recurring dream of a beautiful naked woman in his apartment, but he keeps wandering off on tangents about alarm clocks and hair loss. Finally, Italian virtuoso Michelangelo Antonioni brings his short story The Dangerous Thread of Things to the screen, a story of a jaded couple, Christopher (Christopher Buchholz) and Chloë (Regina Nemni), whose relationship comes to a crossroads when both husband and wife become infatuated with the same woman, Linda (Luisa Ranieri). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 8, 2005

Cast

Gong Li
as Miss Hua
Chang Chen
as Zhang
Tin Fung
as Master Jin
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Nick Penrose
Alan Arkin
as Dr. Pearl - Hal
Ele Keats
as Woman - Cecelia
Christopher Buchholz
as Christopher
Regina Nemni
as Chloë
Luisa Ranieri
as The Girl - Linda
Cecilia Luci
as Girl by the Cascade
Auntie Luk
as Hua's Servant - Ying
Sheung Wing Tong
as Tailor
Wong Kim Tak
as Tailor
Ting Siu Man
as Tailor
Yim Lai Fu
as Tailor
Shih Cheng You
as Tailor
Siu Wing Kong
as Tailor
Un Chi Keong
as Hotel Concierge
Vinicio Milani
as Guest at the Restaurant
Carin Berger
as Guest at the Restaurant
Enrica Antonioni
as Guest at the Restaurant
Wong Kim Tak
as Tailor
Vinicio Milani
as Guest at the Restaurant
Ting Siu Man
as Tailor
Carin Berger
as Guest at the Restaurant
Un Chi Keong
as Hotel Concierge
Cecilia Luci
as Girl by the Cascade
Shih Cheng You
as Tailor
Siu Wing Kong
as Tailor
Yim Lai Fu
as Tailor
Auntie Luk
as Hua's Servant - Ying
Sheung Wing Tong
as Tailor

Crew

Steven Soderbergh
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Director
Wong Kar-Wai
Director
Wong Kar-Wai
Producer
Jacques Bar
Producer
Domenico Procacci
Producer
Greg Jacobs
Producer
Stephane Tchalgadjieff
Producer
Raphael Berdugo
Producer
Tonino Guerra
Screenwriter
Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriter
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriter
Michelangelo Antonioni
Book Author
Wong Kar-Wai
Screenwriter
Peter Andrews
Cinematographer
Christopher Doyle
Cinematographer
Marco Pontecorvo
Cinematographer
Enrica Antonioni
Composer (Music Score)
Vinicio Milani
Composer (Music Score)
Tito Puente
Featured Music
Peer Raben
Composer (Music Score)
Caetano Veloso
Songwriter
Chico O'Farrill
Composer (Music Score)
Mary Ann Bernard
Editor
Claudio di Mauro
Editor
William Chang Suk-Ping
Editor
William Chang Suk-Ping
Production Designer
Philip Messina
Production Designer
Yau Wai-ming
Art Director
Guy Aziza
Associate Producer
Gail Currey
Executive Producer
Chan Ye-Cheng
Executive Producer
Danielle Rosencranz
Executive Producer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Kristen Toscano Messina
Set Decorator
William Chang Suk-Ping
Costume Designer
Carin Berger
Costume Designer
Paul Ledford
Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Letessier
Sound/Sound Designer
Tu Duu-chih
Sound/Sound Designer
Georges Prat
Sound/Sound Designer
Marco Corridori
Special Effects
Franco Ragusa
Special Effects
Lee Chiu Wah
First Assistant Director
Greg Jacobs
First Assistant Director
Enrica Antonioni
Consultant/advisor
Odile Beraud
Coordinator
Aldo Chessari
Camera Operator
Duane Manwiller
Camera Operator
Debra Zane
Casting
Kevin Hannigan
Special Effects Coordinator
Roberto Ruzzolini
Steadicam Operator
Alberico Novelli
Gaffer
Marcantonio Borghese
Line Producer
Alice Chan
Line Producer
Luciano Teolis
Focus Puller
Christophe Sabre
Recording
Paul Ledford
Production Sound Mixer
Waldo Sanchez
Key Hairstylist
Waldo Sanchez
Hair Styles
Claudio Chiossi
Re-Recording Mixer
Spooky Stevens
Publicist
Ken Lavet
Location Manager
Chan Chi-wai
Assistant Editor
Annie Welles
Script Supervisor
Magda Habernickel
Dialogue Editor
Lai Yiu-Fai
Second Unit Camera
Armando Barbieri
First Assistant Camera
Richard Andrade
Set Dresser
Gilles Gaillard
Visual Effects Supervisor
William Chang Suk-Ping
Costume/Wardrobe
Chad Herr
Grip
Brek Cooney
Grip
Julie Anderson
Production Supervisor
Dan Muscarella
Color Timing
Nicole Luther
Set Production Assistant
Paul Threlkeld
Key Grip
Paul Threlkeld
Dolly Grip
Catherine Wall
Costume/Wardrobe
Jeff Olson
Visual Effects Producer
Greg Jacobs
Unit Production Manager
Sebastien Guyot
Recording
Andrea Boni
Personal Assistant
Greg Hewett
Grip
Chris Snyder
Construction Coordinator
Massimiliano Rocchetti
Visual Effects Supervisor
Massimiliano Rocchetti
Properties
Bower Ng Yuk Ho
Hair Styles
David Betancourt
Foley Mixer
Tu Duu-chih
Music Editor
Carla Vicenzino
Hair Styles
Carla Vicenzino
Makeup
Ramon Panzavolta
Production Assistant
Michael Hinreier
Re-Recording Mixer
Lance Larson
Properties Master
Julie Hewett
Makeup
Julie Hewett
Key Make-up
Enzo Massoli
Generator Operator
Marisa Agostini
Continuity
Will Dearborn
Camera Loader
Ho Kin Kwong
Clapper Loader
Matteo Carlesimo
First Assistant Camera
Basti Van Der Woude
Second Assistant Director
Jeff Damal
Set Dresser
Maurizio Salvatori
Key Grip
Gianluca Carbonelli
Sound Editor
Wong Bo Chuen
Hair Styles
Leonardo Cellai
Unit Production Manager
Marco Pieroni
Steadicam Operator
Monica Verzolini
Post Production Coordinator
Valeria Licurgo
Line Producer
Eduardo Castro
Assistant Costume Designer
Bud Kucia
Properties Maker
Lui Fung Shan
Assistant Art Director
Chu Shih Yi
Production Sound Mixer
Betsy Dennis
Personal Assistant
Betsy Dennis
Production Coordinator
David Kirchner
First Assistant Editor
Erwan Kerzanet
Boom Operator
Dava Whisenant
Additional Editing
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