An actress preparing to play in a historical epic is terrorized by someone faxing her pages from her stolen diary; has colorful flashbacks of her affair with a now-deceased man; and imagines black-and-white film-within-a-film scenes of the movie she is about to appear in.
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We are all affected by our social history, whether we are aware of it or not. I haven't seen a film capture this notion as well as "Good men, good women". It also displays some of Hou's (and Chen Huai-en's) most inventive cinematography.