When shown in Hong Kong and North America, Kar-Wai Wong's segment plays first. Elsewhere, Michelangelo Antonioni's part plays first.
After a successful working relationship with Michelangelo Antonioni on Beyond the Clouds (1995), producer Stéphane Tchalgadjieff was keen to work with the famous director again. He came up with the idea of doing a triptych, in conjunction with two other directors, so the project wouldn't be too strenuous for the octogenarian.
Michelangelo Antonioni's segment was filmed in English. It was later dubbed into Italian after hostile critical reactions at initial test screenings.
Pedro Almodóvar was originally set to direct the third segment, but bailed at the last minute. Steven Soderbergh stepped in at the last minute.
Designed as a tribute to Michelangelo Antonioni. Ironically, Antonioni's contribution was universally deemed to be the worst of the three.
This is Steven Soderbergh's first self-penned original script since Schizopolis (1996).