I only care about Wong Kar-Wai's film _Hand_ which was gorgeous and filled with yearning, irrevocable romantic tragedy, silent yet believable emotions, helped of course by Christopher Doyle's camera work--as precise as a master Chinese tailor in days gone by.
Four stars for Kar-wai; the others had their moments and were nice to look at but Gong Li is amazing in The Hand. Completely erotic and sensual, the exploration of a relationship that is physically intimate but emotionally distant reminds us of films where the woman is placed on a pedestal, a muse of sorts and in spite of her flaws, she manages to move us and incite change. The mood of isolation is right on target.
Antonioni had no idea what he was doing with his film. Soderbergh had an idea, but he may have had a hard time showing it to the audience. Wong knew exactly what he was doing, and he showed so much about "love and lust," all of which was captured beautifully.
Wong Kar-Wai's segment is great and does need to be seen. However this cannot be really said for the other two; Soderbergh's is too quirky and has little to do with the subject of the project to work, while Antonioni's is just bad.
I love the first segment. Love it! Wong Kar-Wai nailed the eroticism and as always was stunning to look at. I enjoyed the second segment but didn't really see the eros. The third by Antonioni which should have been grand was awful.