Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17   |    |  Drama, History, Romance


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During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.


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22 September 2007 | paula_nocon
9
| This is essentially an Asian Film
I resent that this movie is marketed as an "espionage thriller", or that it's a thematic follow- up to Brokeback Mountain, or that it got an R rating for its graphic sex scenes. It is much more than that. It is a film set in Asia, by an Asian filmmaker, with a special resonance for Asian moviegoers.

I think this is a very personal film for Ang Lee - betraying his private thoughts on his homeland, on sexuality, on truth, on love.

Here in Asia, one shared event in our history binds us all - the Japanese occupation during WWII and all the horrors that came with it.

To retell the anguish of that time through a torrid affair between a collaborator (traitor) and a spy is a brave commentary on how we Asians respond to traumas both personal and collective.

Mr Lee raises unearths some complex emotions towards identity and truth, as revealed in only the most intimate moments between illicit lovers in times of extreme duress.

That Lee chose to make such a film after his phenomenal success in Hollywood, and during this period of phenomenal progress for modern China, gives Lust Caution a heightened sense of relevance and urgency, a film that can potentially invite questions on what it deeply means to be Chinese, to be Asian.

Lee is a master, Tony Leung is divine, Tang Wei is a slow-burning revelation. I highly recommend this film to Asians and non-Asians alike.

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Release Date:

26 October 2007

Language

Mandarin, Japanese, English, Shanghainese, Hindi, Cantonese


Country of Origin

Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, China

Filming Locations

Hong Kong, China

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,918 30 September 2007

Gross USA:

$4,604,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,091,915

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