Directed by Stanley Kwan • 1986 • Hong Kong
Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Chow Yun-fat, Elaine Jin
Stanley Kwan’s sordid tale of lust and murder begins as three friends—beautiful model Billie (Irene Wan), up-and-coming starlet Ping (Elaine Jin), and singer Ling (Tsai Chin)—become involved with Tony (a young Tony Leung Chiu-wai in one of his first film roles), the playboy son of a wealthy rice merchant. Tony has a penchant for nightclubs and drinking, and together the four enjoy a lifestyle of hedonistic pleasure. When Ling is found brutally murdered, it’s up to methodical Detective Lan (Chow Yun-fat, on the verge of action stardom) to investigate, putting the remaining survivors under scrutiny as he attempts to unravel their complicated relationships.