Entertainment Weekly - 04/15/2005
"Wong whips up a ripe fable of lifelong obsession..."
Premiere - 05/01/2005
"Antonioni can still frame an image like nobody's business, and his editing is typically meticulous; the visuals have an architectural integrity that is tragically rare in much contemporary cinema."
Los Angeles Times - 04/08/2005
"Wong is a melancholy artist, a master of longing with an exquisite eye."
New York Times - 04/08/2005
"Mr. Antonioni still has a lively eye..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/08/2005
"The Wong Kar-Wai film is erotic."
New York Times - 02/07/2006
"[Antonioni's] wise, reverberating piece contains unspoken volumes."
Total Film - 11/01/2006 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]et in nocturnal '60s Hong Kong, it's a gorgeously shot study of the unconsummated relationship between a courtesan and her tailor."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2006
"[S]hot in deep, rich chiaroscuro by Christopher Doyle....Suffused with the yearning, muted eroticism that director Wong Kar Wai has made himself a master of."
Three award-winning directors take a look at eroticism, sex, and love in different ways in the international omnibus film EROS. Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, CHUNGKING EXPRESS) contributes "The Hand," a moving, poignant tale of a simple tailor, Zhang (Chang Chen), who becomes obsessed with an elegant, demanding, beautiful call girl, Ms. Hua (Gong Li), as he makes special dresses for her, knowing that she will wear them while being with other men. As her life dovetails, Zhang is faced with the choice of remaining her friend or leaving her to drown in the gutter. In "Equilibrium," writer-director Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC, ERIN BROCKOVICH) tells a black-and-white noir farce starring Robert Downey Jr. as an ad man relating his erotic dream to a psychiatrist (Alan Arkin) who appears to be more interested in peeping out his office window. And in "The Dangerous Thread of Things," Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni (BLOWUP, L'AVVENTURA) relates the story of fast-living rich people who toy with sex and romance as if they're games, as a husband (Christopher Buchholz) and wife (Regina Nemni) both become curious about a woman (Luisa Ranieri) who rides her horse across the beach. EROS is a tribute to Antonioni--he was 89 years old when he began filming his segment in 2001--who helped choose Wong and Soderbergh because both have pointed to him as a major influence.
Description by Warner Home Video:
A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality by three directors from three distinct cultures. From a relationship unrequited for many years between a high end call girl and her tailor to a menage-a-trois between a husband and wife on the Tuscan seaside, to an exploration of an erotic dream by a psychiatrist and his patient. Prepare to explore the deepest realms of human desire.
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