Dangerous Liaisons
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"They have made the film function successfully almost as well as in the original setting."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Despite its period setting, Dangerous Liaisons is equally a cautionary tale for - and of - present-day China."
‑ Anton Bitel, Grolsch Film Works
"Sexual intrigue brings heartbreak in an adaptation of the famous French novel, updated to 1930s Shanghai."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Much of the cynicism, and thus the fun, of its many Western predecessors goes missing."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Takes Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 18th century source material to its most sumptuous silliness - I mean that as a compliment."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"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."
‑ Calum Marsh, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"This is a relatively shallow entertainment, but its glossy surfaces certainly are, well, seductive."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"This Shanghai Dangerous Liaisons proves that universal tales, when interpreted with care, can benefit from a little cross-cultural specificity."
‑ Shannon M. Houston, Paste Magazine
"This reset version from the original 18th century Paris to early 20th century Shanghai certainly looks fabulous, and the cast are all great. But maybe they're not quite the right cast for the characters"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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