EROS (Ai shen)


Release Dates: APRIL 8, 2005


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Taglines: Three visionary directors. One erotic journey.

Production Company: Roissy Films / Block 2 Pictures Inc / Jet Tone Films / Ipso Facto / Solaris / Cite Films / Fandango / Delux Productions

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

Eros is a three-part anthology film about eroticism and desire by a trio of world cinema’s outstanding directors, Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni. The film also serves as an homage by two younger directors, Wong and Soderbergh, to Antonioni who has informed and inspired their work. The Italian master has extensively examined this terrain in such classics as L’avventura, Blowup and The Passenger.

The Hand: A richly textured and achingly emotional erotic tale about a young tailor’s (Chang Chen) long-time unrequited love for a beautiful Hong Kong courtesan (Gong Li). Directed by Wong Kar-Wai.

Equilibrium: A wry and perverse comedy about an advertising executive (Robert Downey, Jr.) who is under enormous pressure at work. During visits to his psychiatrist (Alan Arkin), they delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The Dangerous Thread of Things: The story of a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (Co-written by Tonino Guerra).

Crew: Michelangelo Antonioni (Il filo pericoloso delle cose), Steven Soderbergh (Equilibrium) and Kar Wai Wong (The Hand) (directors); Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra (story and screenplay for Il filo pericoloso delle cose), Steven Soderbergh (screenplay for Equilibrium) and Kar Wai Wong (screenplay for The Hand); Jacques Bar, Stephane Tchalgadjieff, Gregory Jacobs and Raphael Berdugo (producers for Equilibrium), Marcantonio Borghese and Domenico Procacci (producers for Il filo pericoloso delle cose), Jacky Pang Yee Wah (producer for The Hand)

Cast: Li Gong as Hua Yibao (The Hand), Chen Chang as Xiao Zhang (The Hand), Robert Downey Jr. as Nick Penrose (Equilibrium), Alan Arkin as Dr. Pearl (Equilibrium), Christopher Buchholz as Christopher (Il Filo pericoloso delle cose), Regina Nemni as Cloe (Il filo pericoloso delle cose), Luisa Ranieri as La ragazza (Il filo pericoloso delle cose), Luk Auntie as Ying (The Hand), Ele Keats as Woman (Equilibrium), Kar Fai Lee as Tailor (The Hand), Wing Tong Sheung as Tailor (The Hand), Cheng You Shin as Tailor (The Hand), Wing Kong Siu as Tailor (The Hand), Fung Tin as Master Jin (The Hand), Siu Man Ting as Tailor (The Hand), Chi Keong Un as Hotel Concierge (The Hand), Kim Tak Wong as Tailor (The Hand), Lai Fu Yim as Tailor (The Hand) and Jianjun Zhou as Zhao (The Hand)

Studio: Warner Independent Pictures

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Film Fetish trivia:
When Eros screened at the Venice Film Festival presented the three short films in the following order: The Hand (Wong Kar Wai), Equilibrium (Soderbergh) and Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose (Antonioni). When the film was released theatrically in Italy, Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose was presented at first and The Hand as the third.

Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose was based on a full length film shot in 2001.

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