Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
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.
This is a relatively shallow entertainment, but its glossy surfaces certainly are, well, seductive.
Despite its period setting, Dangerous Liaisons is equally a cautionary tale for - and of - present-day China.
The cinematography is gorgeous, the costumes are gorgeous, the sets are gorgeous, and the people are so gorgeous it beggars belief. What can I say? Gorgeous.
This Shanghai Dangerous Liaisons proves that universal tales, when interpreted with care, can benefit from a little cross-cultural specificity.
Sexual intrigue brings heartbreak in an adaptation of the famous French novel, updated to 1930s Shanghai.
Shanghai in the 1930s seems an ideal context from which to offer social criticism, but Dangerous Liaisons forgoes engaging with the political dimension of its story altogether.
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