Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution

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Director: Ang Lee, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Tang Wei, Joan Chen

Cast: Ang Lee, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Tang Wei, Joan Chen

     
 

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Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee adapts this Eileen Chang story set in World War II-era Shanghai that details the political intrigue surrounding a powerful political figure named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Spanning the late '30s and early '40s, the movie introduces us to Hong Kong teen

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Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee adapts this Eileen Chang story set in World War II-era Shanghai that details the political intrigue surrounding a powerful political figure named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Spanning the late '30s and early '40s, the movie introduces us to Hong Kong teen Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei), a shy college freshman who finds her calling in a drama society devoted to patriotic plays. But the troupe's leader, Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom), isn't just a theater maven -- he's a revolutionary as well, and he's devoted to carrying out a bold plan to assassinate top Japanese collaborator Mr. Yee. Each student has an important role to play, and Wong puts herself in a dangerous position as Mrs. Mak; she befriends Mr. Yee's wife (Joan Chen), and slowly gains trust before tempting him into an affair. While at first the plan goes exactly as scripted, things suddenly take a deadly turn and Wong is emigrated from Hong Kong. Later, in 1941, the occupation shows no signs of ceasing and Wong is simply drifting through her days in Shanghai. Much to her surprise, the former actress finds Kuang requesting that she resume the role of Mrs. Mak. Now, as Wong again gains intimate access to her dangerous prey, she must struggle with her own identity in order to pull off the performance of a lifetime.

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The graphic sex in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution made its NC-17 rating a foregone conclusion, given the MPAA's tendency to blush over the slightest hint of pubic hair. However, without wanting to legislate how an artist expresses himself, one wonders if toning down the sex might have brought this engrossing and epic spy film to a wider audience. Because of a few minutes of gymnastic intercourse, many viewers were deprived the two-plus hours of schemes and machinations related to the assassination of a high-ranking Chinese traitor during the Japanese occupation of China. But Lee's film doesn't function merely as a fascinating procedural on covert operations by freedom fighters; it also explores the moral and emotional consequences of entrenching with the enemy. As Mak Tai Tai, Tang Wei makes a perfectly conflicted central figure, charged with luring Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) by whatever means necessary. Lust, Caution makes it painfully clear that the resistance leadership is just as callous and unyielding as this cruel Japanese collaborator, refusing to think twice about prostituting Mak Tai Tai to achieve the desired outcome. Her tragedy is twofold. Not only did she join the revolution for the love of the very man who's asking her to ruin herself, but by dangling out there for so long, while the leadership squanders opportunities in order to stockpile intelligence, she ends up developing genuine feelings for Yee. And here the need for intense sex scenes becomes clear. The comingling of bodies symbolizes how the lines have blurred between performance and reality, how Mak Tai Tai can no longer dispassionately doom a lover she never even wanted. The film is filled with superb performances and wonderfully observed details, and Lee's camera misses nothing. In this world of calculation and deception, even the shuffling of mahjong tiles has ominous overtones.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
UPC:
0025193330628
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NC-17
Source:
Focus Features
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:39:00
Sales rank:
923

Special Features

"Tiles of Deception, Lurid Affections": Discover how Ang Lee's passion fueled every step of this erotic thriller -- from recreating the period to directing the talented cast

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Mr. Yee
Tang Wei Mak Tai Tai
Joan Chen Yee Tai Tai
Wang Lee Hom Kuang Yu Min
Tou Chung Hua Old Wu
Chu Tsz-ying Actor
Kao Ying Hsuan Huang Lei
Ko Yu Lien Liang Jun Sheng
Johnson Yuen Auyang Ling Wen,Mr. Mak
Chin Ka-lok Tsao
Su Yan Ma Tai Tai
He Saifei Hsiao Tai Tai
Song Ru Hui Wang's Aunt
Fan Kuang Yao Secretary Chang
Lisa Yen Lu Mahjong Partner of Aunt
Anupam Kher Jewelry Shop Manager
Liu Jie Leung Tai Tai
Yu Ya Chu Tai Tai
Wang Lin Liao Tai Tai
Hua Dong Whangai Yee's Amah
Wang Kan Mr. Yee's Chauffeur
Song Jian Hua Yee Tai Tai's Chauffeur
Takesita Akiko Japanese Tavern Boss Lady
Fujki Hayato Japanese Colonel Sato
Seto Masumi Geisha in Japanese Tavern
Koyama Noriko Musician in Japanese Tavern
Shayam Pathak Jewelry Shopkeeper
Gu Zhang-Ping Hong Kong Tailor
Gao Bo-Wen Male Ping-Tan Singer
Yu Qun Female Ping-Tan Singer
Lau Yat Tung Male HKU Theater Audience
Lai Yuk Ching Female HKU Theater Audience
Yuji Kojima Japanese Commander Taicho
Mizogomi Yoko Japanese Teacher
Minamikata Fumika Japanese Tavern Waitress
Anys Fatnassi New Kiessling Café Waiter
Tang Ya Jun Tricycle Cab Driver
Shi Hong Woman at Police Line
Deng Wei Prostitute in Brothel
Li Dou Old Man at Bookstore
Alexandre Desplat Conductor

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director,Producer
Dan Carnegie Animator
Hubert Chan Animator
Lloyd Chao Associate Producer
Joel Chong Art Director
Song Dai Executive Producer
David Lee Co-producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Liu Er Dong Production Manager
Jason Edwards Animator
Choi Shun Fai Executive Producer
Tian Feng Co-producer
Eric Fong Production Manager
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Au Wing Hin Stunts
Chien Hsiang Camera Operator
Wang Hui-Ling Screenwriter
Liu Jianhua Production Manager
Bill Kong Producer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Pan Lai Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Erica Lam Art Director
Kenny Lam Camera Operator
Olympic Lau Art Director
Stacee Lau Associate Producer
Peter Lee Translator
Diana Liao Translator
Michelle Yen San Lo Production Manager
Vicky Lee Lim Loo Casting
Pang Wai Luen Production Manager
Bill Lui Art Director
Ng Wing Lun Stunts
Alex Mok Art Director
Michael Mulock Animator
Kwan Lee Na Makeup
Rosanna Ng Asst. Director,Casting
Wch Ang Peng Stunts
Xu Pengle Co-producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Matt Ralph Animator
Nishimoto Ryuji Casting
James Schamus Producer,Screenwriter
Huang Kai Sen Stunts
Darren Shaw Executive Producer
Gavin Soares Animator
Tim Squyres Editor
Philip Stockton Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Su Animator
Sun Dan Production Manager
Arthur Wong Camera Operator
Wang Tianyun Co-producer
Chi Shui Tim Special Effects
Doris Tse Co-producer
Lee Chiu Wah Production Manager
Fu Wen Xia Associate Producer
Leung Pok Yan Stunts
Ren Zhonglun Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lust, Caution
1. Shanghai, 1942 (Main Titles) [9:24]
2. A Telephone Call [6:44]
3. China Will Not Fall! [7:08]
4. Join the Resistance [7:48]
5. Remember Your Role [6:59]
6. Lucky [6:53]
7. Small Talk [11:01]
8. Getting the Hang of It [9:01]
9. Betrayed [5:37]
10. Unfinished Job [7:51]
11. No Turning Back [7:23]
12. Address: 2B [9:12]
13. Lonely [8:24]
14. Last Minute Meeting [11:56]
15. Loyalty [3:50]
16. Needle & Thread [7:23]
17. Six Carats [6:44]
18. Precious Gift [11:11]
19. Keep Playing [6:29]
20. End Titles [7:07]

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Lust, Caution 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GWL More than 1 year ago
Excellent for watching with loved ones, friends, and other lovers of asian films and stories.
Iowa_Art_Fan More than 1 year ago
Ang Lee is to be congratulated...AGAIN! He does amazing things with stories! This movie arrived at my doorstep right before the weekend. Therefore, I had a movie, that I'd never seen before, to watch over the weekend. I've always been a fan of the foreign films, particularly ones with an oriental theme. It's a bit slow in the beginning. I watched this with a friend, who, 10 minutes into it kept asking what the plot was (annoying) & that it had sub-titles. So keep that in mind, that it takes a little bit into the movie to feel where the plot stands. I watched the NC-17 version, so I'm not positive on how much more "showing of skin" they did in the r-rated version. There were plenty of bedroom "scenes" in the film, but it gave you reference to the character(s) and how deep the relationships between them were. Some things don't need words to be said! Overall, I enjoyed the movie...however I was hoping for a different outcome in the end (I don't give away spoilers!). Needless to really say, I was in tears towards the ending of the film!
UWSDUDE More than 1 year ago
Both principals give brilliant performances in this erotic tale of espianoge set in the mysterious Asian backdrop.
Darth_Nihilus More than 1 year ago
This film hurt me. It was beautiful. The lover was horrible and yet he was horribly pitiful at the same time. For what could he do? For all his might, he was yet still no more than a product of the system who could do nothing to save either his own happiness nor the woman whom he loved unconditionally,...a familiar story nes pas?? The final scene was touching; A grown man and executioner fall to weeping like a newborn child in the arms of his wife, after the ususal game of Mah Jong in private chambers wherin which the wife, who accepting the system as it was, could neither do nor say anything in rebuke. Indeed the horrors of war and unchecked nationalism bring tabloid matters of immature concerns down to size. The old tired arguments lose palor in the light of these realities. Bring your mistress to this film and not your wife unless of course she is a first wife and lady of due proportions and fortitude. A One Beastlord Slavedragon
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Sameri More than 1 year ago
I love foreign films and this film I must say is absolutely divine. It's amazingly casted, the plotline is so moving and intriguing that you play attention to every event and detail. I love this film. It's amazing!
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
This film hurt me. It was beautiful. The lover was horrible and yet he was horribly pitiful at the same time. For what could he do? For all his might, he was yet still no more than a product of the system who could do nothing to save either his own happiness nor the woman whom he loved unconditionally,...a familiar story nes pas?? The final scene was touching; A grown man and executioner fall to weeping like a newborn child in the arms of his wife, after the ususal game of Mah Jong in private chambers wherin which the wife, who accepting the system as it was, could neither do nor say anything in rebuke. Indeed the horrors of war and unchecked nationalism bring tabloid matters of immature concerns down to size. The old tired arguments lose palor in the light of these realities. Bring your mistress to this film and not your wife unless of course she is a first wife and lady of due proportions and fortitude. A One Beastlord Slavedragon
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Ang Lee has the ability to transform simple stories about human relationships into epic films that somehow maintain the quality of intimacy and tenderness despite the grand sweep of his productions. In LUST, CAUTION ('SE, JIE') he has once again created a symphony of a film with a script by James Schamus based on the short story by Eileen Chang, assembled a cast superb actors who convey the story's multileveled messages on the historic backgrounds of World War II Shanghai and Hong Kong using the sensitive camera eye of Rodrigo Prieto and accompanied by Alexandre Desplat's evocative East/West musical score. It is a visual triumph, a fascinating recounting of China's history about which we know little, and one of the most intriguing love stories committed to film. The film opens in Hong Kong focusing on a group of college students who form a theater group to present plays of 'significance'. Young Wong Chia Chi (the luminous Wei Tang in her first cinematic role) is asked to join the theatrical group and she consents primarily because of her attraction to the leader of the group, Kuang Yu Min (Lee-Hom Wang, a commanding and handsome actor). Events of history alter the purpose of the art groups and they become a Resistance force against the Japanese occupation of China. The leader of the Japanese sympathizers is a Mr. Lee (Tony Leung, one of the most solid actors on the screen today) and the student group plans an infiltration into his home and life by placing Wong Chia Chi into his household. In residence in Mr. Lee's home, she learns to tolerate the constant mah jong games with Mr. Lee's wife (Joan Chen) and her gossipy girlfriends, only to await the moment when Mr. Lee will notice her and hopefully begin an affair that will result in inside information espionage. As the effects of the war tighten problems the Yees move to Shanghai and the troupe follows them: the troupe has become a committed political resistance force with plans to kill Mr. Yee and the cadre of men who support his siding with the Japanese. Wong Chia Chi agrees to follow Mr. Yee's sexual advances and in short time they are caught up in powerfully erotic explosions of lust: it is during these very frank and very erotic lovemaking scenes that Ang Lee manages to reveal the inner aspects of each of these important characters, allowing the audience to see the complete picture of how lust can dissipate caution. The changes that occur between the two characters set in motion a surprising ending, at once disturbing and understandable. Accompanying the DVD (already in excess of 157 minutes) is a 'making of' feature and a discussion period with not only Ang Lee but also with the stars and production people that is very solid commentary and for once seems pertinent to enhance the enjoyment of the film. Some may find the extended lovemaking scenes too frankly sexual, but so much of the real grit of the story lies in the non-verbal, purely physical language that could only be understood in the way Lee decided to film these gorgeous scenes. This is an important film on many levels and will probably become better appreciated with multiple views. In Mandarin, Japanese, Shanghainese, English and Hindi with subtitles. Grady Harp