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On the other hand, in this film Shanghai is presented not only as corrupt and rotten, but also as transpierced with erotica (Zhang 1999: 18).
W]hen the soul is transpierced with that dart, the flame gushes forth, vehemently and with a sudden ascent, like the fire in a furnace or an oven when someone uses a poker or bellows, to stir and excite it.
More or less simultaneously, all the houses of the village give way to luxurious three- to six-floor piles transpierced with a riot of tinted windows, surrounded by columns and terraces with balustrades, topped by turrets with onion-shaped domes or crowned with miniature Eiffel Tower aerials, and whose interiors are lined with wood panelling, kitted out with chandeliers, plush furniture, and so on.