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Lust, Caution (2007)
"Se, jie" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  26 October 2007 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chung-Hua Tuo ...
Zhi-Ying Zhu ...
Lai Shu Jin (as Chih-ying Chu)
Ying-Hsuan Kao ...
Lawrence Ko ...
Liang Jun Sheng (as Ko Yu-Luen)
Johnson Yuen ...
Kar Lok Chin ...
Yan Su ...
Saifei He ...
Ruhui Song ...
Wang's Aunt
Jie Liu ...


Frustrated in his attempts to assassinate Yee, who is an important official in Japanese-ruled Shanghai, Old Wu, who has lost his wife and two sons as well as two women who had attempted to seduce Yee, now recruits Kuang, Mai Tai Tai, and their troupe of drama students from Hong Kong University in yet another attempt to do away with Yee. Mai Tai Tai is chosen to befriend Yee, which she does by posing as the wife of Mak, befriending Yee's wife and her female friends, and then eventually befriending Yee himself. Even though both get together, they do end up going separate ways, only to meet again four years later. This time Mai is all set to entrap Yee at Chandni Chowk Jewellers which is owned by an East Indian man named Khalid Saiduddin. The question does remain: Will she and her troupe succeed? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lust, Caution  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$63,918 (USA) (28 September 2007)


£744,417 (UK) (18 January 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Lust, Caution' was submitted as Taiwan's entry to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008), but it was rejected on 17 October 2007 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences because many of the film's personnel were not Taiwanese. Taiwan then substituted Huai-en Chen's Island Etude (2006). See more »


The story ends with Mr. Yee and Wong picking up the ring just after the mahjong game from the opening scene. During this game one of the ladies mentions a ring with a gemstone as large as an egg. While choosing the gem for the ring earlier in the story Wong refers to this remark which clearly takes place later on in the story. See more »


Referenced in Peace, Love and Cinema (2009) See more »

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This is essentially an Asian Film
22 September 2007 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

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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