Through a series of flashbacks and photograph-like cuts we learn that protagonist Lena used to be the lover of a much older man.
Taiwanese sex symbol Shu Qi rose to fame on the back of this film, winning Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards, while the movie itself received a Best Picture nomination.
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This seductive tale focuses on the licentious sex life of a merchant and references The Plum in the Golden Vase, a classic piece of erotic literature from the Ming Dynasty.
The counterculture movement of the 1960s is documented in this film.
The camera does an excellent job of building tension, and of balancing a feeling of intimacy with one of intrigue.
The film offers a close but non-moralizing look at their hedonistic lifestyle—a lifestyle that cannot last forever, and they seem fully aware of this.