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Part of World of Wong Kar Wai.
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, THE HAND — 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). A hypnotic tale of obsession, repression and class divisions, THE HAND finds Wong Kar Wai continuing to transition from the frenetic, energized style of his earlier films into a register that is lush with romantic grandeur.
“I return to Wong Kar-Wai's THE HAND. It stays with me. The characters expand in my memory and imagination.” —Roger Ebert (Apr 8, 2005) “...Haunting and lovely, once again very much in the style of his masterpiece IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE.” —Peter Brunette, IndieWire