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  • Actors: Robert Downey, Alan Arkin, Gong Li, Chang Chen
  • Directors: Wong Kar-Wai, Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J4PGQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Three world-class directors explore the deepest realms of sex, desire, and obsession in this luminous trilogy of films linked by theme of erotic passion. Wong Kar-Wai's ravishing drama 'The Hand', set in 1960s Hong Kong, tells of the achingly unrequited relationship between a tailor (Chang Chen) and a beautiful courtesan (Gong Li). Stephen Soderbergh writes and directs the wryly comic 'Equilibrium' in which Robert Downey Jr s anxious ad executive describes a mysterious dream woman to his preoccupied psychiatrist (Alan Arkin). Finally, in Italian legend Michelangeolo Antonioni's beautiful 'The Dangerous Thread of Things', an estranged couple embark on an erotic and sensual journey.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sally Wilton VINE VOICE on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
The first film in this trilogy is really the only one worth seeing. In Mandarin - with subtitles. This is the story of a tailor who falls in love with a courtesan he makes dresses for. The clothes in this film are fabulous and the young man becomes obsessed with making costumes to fit her fantastic figure. There are some supremely erotic moments in the film ie when he measures her with his hands and he makes love to one of the garments he has finished. Despite the eroticicm of the film there is very little flesh to be seen or any explicit [...] scenes. Most is left to the imagination. Beautifully filmed, lovely story. The other two films - dont bother!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2007
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Three short films by three directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai supposedly about erotic love.

The first offering from Wong Kar Wai about the unrequited love of a Chinese male dressmaker for his courtesan client is obviously the work of the master that gave us "In the mood for Love" and "2046" but I found the plot implausible and could not get fully involved.

The second short by Steven Soderbergh starts and ends in colour and the main central section is in black and white. The film appears to be a rather pointless conceit involving a dream within a dream during the black and white section.

Apparently Michelangelo Antonioni was ninety two and seriously disabled by a stroke when he made this almost incomprehensible short comprising long stretches of nudity, usually on beaches or in the country, possibly intended to represent an erotic attraction to nature.

If you are a Wong Kar Wai fan watch the first film and turn off, if you are not avoid.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Warren on 14 Oct. 2009
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Three stories of so called sensual erotic stories, What a load of old tut, 3 directors that should know and do alot better, Not worth even watching, Why artificial eye released this i dont know,
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Obsessive Love 29 May 2007
By Dori Chang - Published on
Format: DVD
I am going to cut to the chase and talk about my favorite out of the three -
which would be "The Hand."

I am fully aware of the fact that human beings have the tendency to pursue the unattainable with the utmost intense passion that sometimes, the term "pedestal" does not even begin to scratch the surface. If I were to compare this young tailor's obsession to something chemical, it was like watching a hollow heroin addict hopelessly devoted to the possibility of achieving his ultimate fix of love - from someone who was completely incapable of reciprocating such organic emotion.

We see it over and over again.
This type of "tragedy" takes up a huge chunk of the "love department" in the entertainment industry -
or at least among us melodramatic Asians...

But aside from the story -
it's worth it to watch just because the visual and emotional impact of this movie alone is indeed a work of art.
However, I would like to emphsize that my 5 stars only applies to "The Hand."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Correct. . .four stars for a bit more than 2/3 excellent 10 Aug. 2008
By The Concise Critic: - Published on
Format: DVD
Two well-crafted erotic tales sandwiched around a cartoon intermission directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The first, and best of the short films, "The Hand" is both moving and erotic. The third, "The Dangerous Thread of Things" is muddled. . .but it steams, and thus deserves its place in an collection of erotica. The second, well. . .

(Sssh. I enjoyed it. It made me laugh. It is insightful. It is a sketch of two interesting, memorable characters. But here's my theory: the producers asked each filmmaker to make something erotic. Soderbergh simply misheard and made something neurotic.)

Each film is introduced by captivating, surreal animation--a tie that binds the collection--a joy to watch themselves.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Three Faces of Eros 15 April 2007
By Galina - Published on
Format: DVD
"Eros" (2004) is the collection of three short films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose"), Steven Soderbergh (segment "Equilibrium") , and Kar Wai Wong (segment "The Hand"). Each film explores the always exiting and mysterious subjects of love, sexuality, and desire.

My favorite is "The Hand" - a sensual, emotional, powerful and very sad story about a young tailor who put the years of unrequited love for a beautiful call girl in an exquisite dress he created for her. He knew the exact measurements from touch. This segment is so great that I am ready to buy a DVD just to be able to see it often. It is a brilliant work of art from one of the greatest working directors now.

Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is a funny duet between two excellent actors, Alan Arkin as a voyeuristic shrink and Robert Downey Jr. as his patient who has a reoccurring dream about a beautiful woman.

Michelangelo Antonioni's segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose" aka "The Dangerous Thread of Things" has been called the weakest in the trio. Many posters call it garbage, the total waste of time, the soft -porn made by a man who "got old and got horny". I personally did not find it a waste of time and if the man at 92 wants to make a little film that celebrates beauty and femininity - so be it. I feel that Michelangelo's segment is much deeper than it seems - even on the surface it is very attractive to look at.

3.5/5 or 7/10
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
World of Eros 26 Jun. 2009
By Kevin Killian - Published on
Format: DVD
"The Hand" tells a modernday version of "CAMILLE" with a beautiful courtesan doomed to die of a social disease (or TB?) with a handsome tailor so in love with her he can sew a complete outfit for her without ever touching her body. Sad, sad, sad, and Gong Li so beautiful and tragic.

Ëquilibrium" has Alan Arkin and Robert Downey Jr in a brief story that's a cross between Tony consulting Dr, Melfi in THE SOPRANOS and an episode of AMC's hit series MAD MEN. As a lesson in how great advertising copy is born, not made, this cannot be topped. I didn't enjoy, however, Soderbergh's superbusy direction of his stars, who wind up sounding nearly as artificially mannared as Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HUDSUCKER PROXY. You can see why these actors jumped into the project, but it isn't all that enjoyable.

Finally, in "THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS," Michelangelo Antonioni wipes the floor with WKW and Soderbergh, and apparently he did so from an oxygen tank, flat on his back, without being able to speak to his actors. What a story he gives us! Christopher (Christopher Buchholz, the son of Horst Buchholz and nearly as good looking as his father) is married to Chloe, a beautiful young woman who now hates Christopher for the crime of boredom against her. The two of them had once been successful vineyard owners and wine merchants, but their relationship has soured when he stopped wanting to make love to her. She demands that they try to rekindle what they had with a trip to Sardinia, by the Adriatic Sea, and ultimately she prevails, though unfortunately she just picks and picks at him during this trip till he can't take it any more. "I used to love this place, but being with you here sours me on it,"she complains as they make their way through a hooded landscape of thorns and brambles.

The two of them had once lived at the time of ancient Rome, when Sardinia (in Latin, the place of little tuna -- sardo--) was an outlying province of the empire, famous for its twin towers on either side of Sardinia Bay.

Now Christopher and Chloe realize that the other tower is occupied by a second beautiful girl, a bit younger than Chloe, called Linda. Linda is the daughter of Chloe's former husband, a man who now works as a bartender in a distant city. He has left her one painting--a painting of pale orange flames, a vision of the hell he endured with Chloe. Linda displays it proudly in the living room of the tower, a life she calls "utter chaos" as she leads Christopher playfully into her bedroom and onto the tower roof. As you can imagine, Linda turns him on, but the ancient tie to Chloe makes him sad. The "dangerous thread" that unites all these people is that of incest, the unspoken word in the town where this takes place. The sea is the witness, and the souls of Sardinian victims of Roman oppression seem to howl with each wave lapping the shore. (Antonioni, though too weak to climb the stairs himself, arranged to set Linda's scenes in the exact same tower in which the UK writer DH Lawrence contracted what was then called "Roman Fever" in the winter of 1921. It is a famous tourist site, used as a rathskellar now and atmospherically restored by Antonioni's set designers to look something like it did in the days of Lawrence and Frieda.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Antonioni's segment isn't that bad, but in fact, rather good.... 21 Aug. 2007
By Grigory's Girl - Published on
Format: DVD
I may be the only one on this review thread to say this, but I think the trashing of Antonioni's segment is very short sighted. The Dangerous Thread of Things (a great title) is very Antonioni like, with excellent compositions and some really beautiful, haunting moments. The dialogue isn't the greatest (and the actors are dubbed into Italian, which doesn't help), but visually it's superb. Many have said that Antonioni's use of nudity was gratuitous, accusing Michelangelo of being a dirty old man (he was 94 when he made this). Similar accusations were leveled at Stanley Kubrick following Eyes Wide Shut (which had many similarities to Antonioni's work). It didn't feel like an exploitation film at all (as some have said). Wong Kar-Wai's segment is very much like his other work, haunting, sad, and quite moving, even though there isn't any real nudity. Soderbergh's segment, while occasionally amusing (Arkin and Downey give good performances), doesn't belong in a film about eroticism. There's nothing remotely erotic about it, other than Downey's character has an erotic dream of sorts (which isn't very erotic). So, I think Antonioni's segment is just fine, and Kar-Wai's is very good too. Like another reviewer said, the segments are too short, and it would have been nice if they were longer. This is worth renting for The Hand, The Dangerous Thread of Things, and the short film by Antonioni called Eye to Eye.
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