Synopsis: In Shanghai, an aging socialite’s infatuation with her ex-boyfriend manifests itself as a risky game, where her former lover agrees to seduce, then abandon a naive young woman.
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Thoughts: The French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses has certainly had a staying power since being released in 1782. That’s partly because its central theme of lust and betrayal really is timeless and can easily be transported to any period of history. We’ve seen the classical adaptation in the Dangerous Liaisons films from 1959 and 1988 (with Glenn Close) and also in 1989’s Valmont. Then there’s 1999’s Cruel Intentions, a slick update for the Gen X crowd that worked better than it should have. Now comes this Shanghai-set Dangerous Liaisons and it appears to be a lush take on the piece with a gorgeous production design. I get the feeling that 1930’s China will lend itself quite well to our story and the casting of some top drawer stars of Chinese cinema doesn’t hurt either. Looking forward to this one.