Sat 1 Mar

Dangerous Liaisons

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

Pan Asia Film Festival

Wi-heom-han gyan-gye

106 mins

in Chinese with English subtitles

China | 2012 | col | dir. Jin-ho Hur, with Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung | UK premiere

An alluring, stylish adaptation of the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, this movie stars Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi (House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha), Cecilia Cheung, and Jang Dong Gun. Made widely famous by Stephen Frears’ 1988 film adaptation starring Glenn Close, here director Jin-ho Hur transposes the novel’s story of mind games and sexual intrigue to the glamorous high society of 1930s Shanghai, and creates a taught, powerful drama with phenomenal central performances, and lushly realised production design.

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