World of Wong Kar Wai @ The Cinematheque

The Hand - Extended Cut

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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 film—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.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    56 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Screenwriter
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Producer
    Jacky Yee Wah Pang
  • Cast
    Gong Li, Chen Chang
  • Cinematographer
    Christopher Doyle
  • Editor
    William Chang
  • Production Design
    William Chang
  • Composer
    Peer Rabin