Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
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A Chinese adaptation of the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses begins with aging socialite Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) who finds herself circling ex-boyfriend Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-kun). Mo, the rich and charming widow with a taste for pleasures, still has eyes for famous womanizer Xie, who secretly burns with love for her. And yet, in his luxurious life, Xie's new interest lies in chaste humanitarian Du Fenyu (Ziyi Zhang), who has captured his attention and earned his desire for conquest. Mo lures Xie into a treacherous, dangerous game of hearts: win, bed, and leave Du, proving his mettle as a rogue and impossible catch. But can Xie take the honor of such a woman, without losing his own heart, as well? (c) Well Go USA … More
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Critic Reviews for Dangerous Liaisons
They have made the film function successfully almost as well as in the original setting.
Much of the cynicism, and thus the fun, of its many Western predecessors goes missing.
Schadenfreude carries a delectable tang no matter the language, and as the history of Hollywood shows, stories about pretty people behaving badly remain reliably alluring.
Zhang, expertly conveying someone closed off yet silently sensual, even rolls out a tear during a moment of impending intimacy as exquisitely timed as a dancer's move.
Takes Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 18th century source material to its most sumptuous silliness - I mean that as a compliment.
Audience Reviews for Dangerous Liaisons
China has finally adapted its very own film verson of the 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Stephen Frears has still done it best with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer in 1988). While remaining fairly faithful to the source material's central story of scheming and seduction among high society, this version has updated the novel to 1930's Shanghai which provides the film with some splendid imagery although adding little else to the story. It is beautiful to look at but this adaptation leaves out some of the novel's most rewarding moments. Mo (Cecelia Cheun) and Xie (Dong-gun Jang) plot to ravish a young virgin before her wedding night to one of Shanghai's elite; but when Xie sets his eyes upon the saintly young widow Du (Ziyi Zhang - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha) he'd rather make her his next conquest. The story has been told before and updated for American audiences with Cruel Intentions, so it is a well-known plot. The story unfolds without surprise; but this version fails to capture the novel's final judgment upon immorality by changing this version's ending. While it is nice to have a twist -- that element is necessary to that tale in my opinion and it leaves this film version without a compass. As mentioned -- it is a beauty of a film as the 3 stars are all attractive, the art direction is 1930's exotic Shanghai and the costumes are simply devine.
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