At a charity ball for refugees from the Japanese-occupied Northeast, the glamorous entrepreneur and libertine Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) strikes a deal with her ex-lover, the devastatingly handsome playboy Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-gun). Mo’s most recent tycoon lover has dropped her for a young virginal schoolgirl. If Xie takes the girl’s virginity, he'll make a laughing stock out of the tycoon – and Miss Mo will give herself to Xie. But Xie has his eyes on a different prize – the virtuous widow Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi). As the stakes are raised higher and higher, the game becomes increasingly dangerous for everyone involved, particularly when Xie, despite himself, falls in love with Du. This epic story unfolds against the dramatic backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China. A powerful and mesmerising adaptation of the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Jaclos.