This beautifully-shot Chinese-language version of the 18th-century French novel opens in Shanghai in 1931, when Mao Zedong helped create the Chinese Soviet Republic and Japan invaded the Chinese province of Manchuria. But even as chanting protesters take to the streets, the country’s pleasure-seeking elite remain oblivious to the political tremors starting to shake their world. Xie, a suave rake, spends his nights busily bedding the local talent and his days sharing gossip with Mo, his female confidante, as they conspire to seduce, conquer, and destroy their prey – including young Beibei, whose virginity is promised to a power broker. When Du, a chaste humanitarian, catches Xie’s eye, Mo challenges him to a dangerous game of hearts: win, bed, and leave Du, thus 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?
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Language: Chinese with English subtitles
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival
Director: Hur Jin-ho based on the novel with the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung