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Originally part of the three-part omnibus Eros, The Hand is arguably Wong’s forgotten masterpiece, a key bridge between In the Mood for Love and 2046 that weaves those films’ emotional colors—desire, longing, the melancholy of unattainable beauty—into a concise pattern. “Never touched a woman before?” sighs courtesan Gong Li to youthful apprentice Chang Chen. “Then how can you be a tailor?” And with that, years of unfulfilled yearning begin. Set in a 1960s twilight milieu of dim hallways and darkened rooms, of well-groomed men caught motionless before marvelously cheongsam-attired women, The Hand is “visually exquisite and highly erotic” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

—Jason Sanders

  • Year
  • Runtime
    56 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Screenwriter
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Cast
    Gong Li, Chang Chen, Tien Feng
  • Cinematographer
    Christopher Doyle