Director: Wong Kar-wai Run Time: 56 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2004
Starring: Chang Chen, Gong Li
New Restoration! Director’s Cut!
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 HAND—presented in this retrospective for the first time in its extended cut—tells the tale of a shy tailor’s assistant enraptured by a mysterious client. A hypnotic tale of obsession, repression, and class divisions, THE HAND finds Wong continuing to transition from the frenetic, energized style of his earlier films into a register that is lush with romantic grandeur.
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