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Lust, Caution -- An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which 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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26 October 2007 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai ... Mr. Yee (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)

Wei Tang ... Wong Chia Chi / Mak Tai Tai

Joan Chen ... Yee Tai Tai

Leehom Wang ... Kuang Yu Min

Chung-Hua Tou ... Old Wu (as Tsung-Hua Tuo)

Zhi-Ying Zhu ... Lai Shu Jin (as Chih-ying Chu)

Ying-Hsuan Kao ... Huang Lei

Lawrence Ko ... Liang Jun Sheng (as Ko Yu-Luen)
Johnson Yuen ... Auyang Ling Wen / Mr. Mak

Kar Lok Chin ... Tsao
Yan Su ... Ma Tai Tai
Saifei He ... Hsiao Tai Tai
Ruhui Song ... Wang's Aunt

Anupam Kher ... Khalid Saiduddin

Jie Liu ... Leung Tai Tai
Akiko Takeshita ... Japanese Tavern Boss Lady
Hayato Fujiki ... Japanese Colonel Sato
Seto Masumi ... Geisha in Japanese Tavern
Hui-Ling Wang ... Liao Tai Tai
Noriko Kohyama ... Musician in Japanese Tavern (as Koyama Noriko)
Yu Lai Cheng ... HKU Theater Audience (Female)
Shi Hong ... Woman at Police Line
Deng Wei ... Prostitute in Brothel
Shayam Pathak ... Jewelry Shopkeeper
Zhang-Ping Gu ... Hong Kong Tailor
Bo-Wen Gao ... Male Ping-Tan Singer
Yu Qun ... Female Ping-Tan Singer
Yat-Tung Lau ... HKU Theater Audience (as Lau Yat Tung)
Jacob J Ziacan ... Western Student
Yuji Kojima ... Japanese Commander Taicho
Mizogomi Yoko ... Japanese Teacher
Minamikata Fumika ... Japanese Tavern Waitress
Anys Fatnassi ... New Kiessling Cafe Waiter
Ya Jun Tang ... Tricycle Cab Waiter
Li Dou ... Old Man at Bookstore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lisa Lu ... Mahjong partner of Aunt

Directed by
Ang Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eileen Chang  story
James Schamus  screenplay
Hui-Ling Wang  screenplay

Produced by
Lloyd Chao .... associate producer
William Kong .... producer
Ang Lee .... producer
David Lee .... co-producer
Er-Dong Liu .... line producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... executive producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Darren Shaw .... executive producer
Dai Song .... executive producer
Doris Tse .... co-producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
Casting by
Rosanna Ng 
Production Design by
Lai Pan 
Art Direction by
Kwok-Wing Chong  (as Joel Chong)
Che Kiu Lam  (as Eric Lam)
Sai-Wan Lau 
Bill Lui 
Alex Mok 
Synderela Peng  (as Synderella Peng)
Costume Design by
Lai Pan 
Makeup Department
Suyuan Chen .... makeup department head
Production Management
Gerry Robert Byrne .... post-production supervisor
Yuk Wah Cheung .... unit manager (as Cheung Yuk Wha)
Eric Fong .... production manager
Chiu Wah Lee .... production manager (as Lee Chiu Wah)
Chi On Leung .... assistant production manager (as Leung Chi On)
Yindy Leung .... assistant production manager
Yen San Michelle Lo .... production manager (as Michelle Lo)
Mei Fun Mok .... assistant production manager (as Mok Mei Fun)
Shun Choi Ngai .... assistant production manager (as Ngai Shun Choi)
Wai Luen Pang .... production manager (as Pang Wai Luen)
Bin Shen .... set manager
Ching Ngan Tam .... assistant production manager (as Connie Tam)
Chi-Wah Tse .... unit manager (as Tse Chi Wah)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tze Hung Lam .... second assistant director
Charlotte Lim .... second assistant director: Malaysia (as Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen)
David Low .... second assistant director: Malaysia
Rosanna Ng .... first assistant director
Jie Wu .... third assistant director: Shanghai
Jinzhan Zhang .... additional assistant director: crowd, Shanghai
Art Department
Wai Tong Bo .... prop assistant (as Bo Wai Tong)
Chun-Ting Chan .... prop assistant (as Chan Chun Ting)
Koon Kiu Cheung .... prop assistant (as Cheung Koon Kiu)
Wai Yin Ching .... prop master (as Ching Wai Yin)
Olivia Chong .... assistant art director
Men Chow .... prop assistant (as Chow Men)
Tak-Keung Chu .... prop assistant (as Chu Tak Keung)
Cinnie Fung .... assistant art director
Pak Shing Lai .... prop master (as Lai Pak Shing)
Kin-Wai Lee .... assistant art director
Ying Wah Leung .... prop assistant (as Leung Ying Wah)
Fion Li .... assistant art director
Sai-Kit Wong .... prop master (as Wong Sai Kit)
Sound Department
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Eugene Gearty .... re-recording mixer
Eugene Gearty .... supervising sound editor
Frank Kern .... supervising foley editor
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Katherine Gordon Miller .... assistant sound effects editor (as Katherine Miller)
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Jessica Parks .... apprentice sound editor
Reuben Simon .... foley editor
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Reilly Steele .... re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Betty P. Teng .... associate adr editor (as Betty Teng)
Roland Vajs .... assistant adr editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
William Chu .... sound intern (uncredited)
Alex Thong .... sound assistant: Malaysia (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Shiu Tim Chi .... special effects (as Chi Shui Tim)
Visual Effects by
Mandy Au .... lighter: Mr X
Sarah Barber .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Aaron Barclay .... compositing lead
Michael Becki .... digital compositor (as Mike Becki)
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects executive producer: Mr X
Kristy Blackwell .... digital compositor
Jeff Briant .... visual effects production assistant: Mr X Inc.
Dan Carnegie .... visual effects animator: Mr. X Inc.
Hubert Chan .... visual effects artist: animation and tracking, Mr X
Jason Chan .... digital compositor: Mr X
Vasistha Chawda .... visual effects artist
Cyril Frederick Chu .... digital modeling and texturing artist: Mr X (as Fred Chu)
Ovidiu Cinazan .... digital compositor
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Rob Del Ciancio .... digital compositor
Jeremy Dineen .... visual effects animator
Anand Dorairaj .... digital compositor
Jason Edwardh .... tracking lead
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
Zachary J. Gans .... visual effects production assistant: Mr. X Inc.
Matt Glover .... visual effects production assistant
Omar Gudjonsson .... digital compositor
Annu Gulati .... digital compositor
Timo Huber .... digital compositor
Dushyant Kashyap .... digital effects artist
Miklos Kozary .... digital compositor: Mr X. Inc.
Ken Lam .... digital compositor
Phillip Lang .... digital compositor: Mr X (as Phillip Lange)
Mai-Ling Lee .... digital modeling and texturing artist: Mr X
Shun Sing Edward Lee .... senior digital compositor: Mr X (as Edward Lee)
Deepa Makhija .... digital compositor
Aisha Malik .... visual effects production assistant: Mr X
Elliot Mallon .... modeller
Anshul Mathuria .... digital compositor
Jim Maxwell .... matte painter: Mr. X Inc
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc
Bhavik Mehta .... digital compositor
Sean Mills .... digital modeling and texturing artist: Mr X
Daniel Mizuguchi .... animation supervisor: Mr X
Jaideep Mohan .... digital compositor
Ian Morehead .... digital compositor
Mike Mulock .... visual effects artist: animation and tracking, Mr X (as Michael Mulock)
Jesh Murthy .... visual effects
Sunny Nair .... matte painter
Kevin Quatman .... compositing lead: Mr. X Inc
Matt Ralph .... digital effects artist: animation and tracking, Mr X
Dominic Remane .... lighting lead
Chris Ross .... digital effects scanning
Vishal Rustgi .... digital compositor
Ankur Sachdev .... digital compositor
Matt Schofield .... matte painter: Mr. X Inc
Ruchira Sharma .... digital compositor
Carolyn Shelby .... compositing assistant: Mr X
Carolyn Shelby .... digital effects artist
Ben Simons .... senior technical supervisor
Danita Slaughter .... digital opticals editor
Gavin Soares .... visual effects artist: animation and tracking, Mr X
Tamara Stone .... digital compositor: Mr X
Jim Su .... visual effects artist: animation and tracking, Mr X
Brendan Taylor .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc
David Thompson .... digital compositor
Jean-Philippe Traoré .... Flame artist
Jean-Philippe Traoré .... digital compositor: Mr X (as Jean Philip Traore)
Michael Turoff .... visual effects
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor
Armando Velazquez .... digital compositor: Mr X (as Armando Velasquez)
Aaron Weintraub .... digital compositor: Mr X
Brianne Wells .... preliminary visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc
Fiona Campbell Westgate .... senior visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc
Kyle Yoneda .... effects animator
Wojciech Zielinski .... CG supervisor: Mr.X Inc
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Mitch Paulson .... digital colorist assist (uncredited)
Kar Lok Chin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Edmond Chan .... first assistant camera
Perry Ho .... first assistant camera: second unit
Louis Jong .... key grip
Tsoi Kubbie .... assistant camera
Kenny Lam .... first assistant camera
Man-Ching Ng .... gaffer
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Hsiu-Luan Lee .... additional casting: Taiwan (as Lee Hsiu Luan)
Khan Lee .... additional casting: Taiwan
Ronnie Shum .... casting coordinator
Angelika Wang .... additional casting: Taiwan
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Connie Au-Yeung .... wardrobe supervisor (as Connie Au Yeung)
Fung-San Lui .... wardrobe supervisor
Ha-Fong Luk .... wardrobe assistant (as Luk Ha Fung)
Miriam .... assistant wardrobes
Boey Wong .... assistant wardrobes
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Stephen Byrne .... assistant digital intermediate producer
George Chavez .... color timer
Lee Engelmann .... color timer
Tom Engleman .... color timer (as Tom Englemann)
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Gary Levy .... first assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... colorist
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutter
Christian Prejza .... digital intermediate producer (as Chris Prejza)
Tom Reiser .... colorist assist: Efilm
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor
Caleb Wisdorf .... post-production coordinator
Brian George .... colorist: Efilm (uncredited)
Location Management
Aw Bert .... location manager
Junjie Zhao .... location manager
Music Department
Odile Abrel .... harp
Paul Altomari .... soundtrack coordinator
Emmanuel André .... violin
Jean-Philippe Audin .... cello
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... additional orchestrator
David Bergeaud .... composer: additional music
Christine Bergren .... music consultant
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Benjamin Berlioz .... double bass
Lise Berthaud .... viola
Igor Boranian .... double bass
David Braccini .... violin
Christopher Briquet .... orchestra contractor (as Christophe Briquet)
Virginie Buscail .... violin
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music engineer
Michael Colier .... assistant music engineer
Cecile Coutelier .... music assistant engineer
Gisele David .... music preparation
Françoise de Maubus .... harp
Françoise Demaubus .... harp
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Andrew Dudman .... score mixer
Andrew Dudman .... score recording engineer
Xavier Forcioli .... composer assistant
Renaud Guieu .... cello
Thierry Koehl .... violin
Stanislas Kuchinski .... double bass
Nathalie Lamoureux .... violin
Dominique Lemonnier .... concert master
Dan Lieberstein .... music consultant
Frédéric Lubiatto .... cello
Jean-Charles Monciero .... viola
Jin Hi Paik .... violin
Elisabeth Pallas .... violin
Raphaël Perraud .... cello (as Raphael Perraud)
Julia Petitjean .... double bass
Jen Pray .... music clearance
Claude Romano .... music preparation
Miwa Rosso .... musician: Cello
James Schamus .... lyricist
Vincent Segal .... electric cello
Antoine Sobezak .... double bass
Agnès Toussaint .... viola
Traffic Quintet .... string orchestra (as Traffic String Quintet)
Anne-Elsa Tremoulet .... violin (as Anne Trémoulet)
Nathalie Vandebeulque .... viola
Estelle Vilotte .... viola
Other crew
Cheuk Cheung .... assistant to assistant directors
Cheuk Cheung .... production assistant
Tsz Cheung Cheung .... making-of
Roy Hin Yeung Chow .... assistant: director
Roy Hin Yeung Chow .... researcher
Hung Chang Chu .... actor trainer (as Chu Hung Chang)
Ka-Yan Chu .... stand-in: Tang Wei
Chris Cliadakis .... archival research
Yan Dong .... stand-in: Tang Wei
Kuang-Yao Fan .... dialogue coach (as Fan Kwong Yao)
Joyce Hsieh .... supervising production accountant
Ben Hung .... stand-in: Tony Leung
Wing Tai Lau .... production assistant
Chi-Kin Lee .... stand-in: Tony Leung
Chung Ming Lee .... production assistant
Jessie Lee .... instructor: mahjung
Sherrie Liu .... script supervisor
Pei-An Lo .... actor trainer (as Lo Pei On)
Ming-Ming Lu .... stand-in: Tony Leung
Kool Marder .... head of production: Cinefinance Completion Bond Company
Ng Mei-Mei .... line producer
Heidi Ng .... production assistant
Synderela Peng .... title designer (as Synderella Peng)
Ronnie Shum .... production assistant
Walter Wat .... dance instructor
Derek Wong .... stand-in: Wang Leehom
Winky Wu .... accountant
Max Le Le Yang .... production intern
Nan Ye .... stand-in: Tony Leung
Bao-Hua Zhang .... stand-in: Wang Leehom
Cindy Zhou .... stand-in: Tang Wei
Rebecca Pan .... special thanks: artistic contribution
Gustavo Santaolalla .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Se, jie" - USA (original title)
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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality
157 min | 148 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:18PL (cut) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | Singapore:R21 (re-release) (uncut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) (uncut version) | USA:NC-17 (certificate #43769) | USA:R (certificate #44028) (edited version)
Filming Locations:

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Anachronisms: In the opening scenes in Shanghai, Wong is driven in Mrs Yee's Buick, which must be a 1942 model. A "gunsight" hood ornament is clearly seen. That ornament was not used until 1948. Also, the grille of the car changes from one with bars overlapping the front bumper to one with the bars entirely enclosed. The 1942 Buick did not have bars that overlapped the bumper.See more »
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90 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Lust, Caution, 3 October 2007
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Early in the movie, Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei) gets asked to act in a patriotic play, in a time when China was threatened by the Japanese Invasion during the late 30s/early 40s. Little does she know that she's got to carry on acting the rest of her life, together with her group of idealistic young dramatists, as stage feelings stirred up real emotions that calls for the sacrificial of self for the greater good, for the country. What they lack in experience, they make up with their youthful passion and exuberance. And their rawness shows in the way they clumsily set up their traps for the coming of the prey, and fumbling even with their first blood.

Welcome to Lee Ang's world of espionage. It's not glam, and gets draped in many real world sense and sensibilities. We enter a world where Trust and Loyalty are difficult to come by, and with shadows lurking in every corner, waiting to pounce at the slightest of mistakes. But the darkness is beautifully captured, and like its endless rounds of mahjong, you're waiting for that perfect tile to come your way, for the opportune to present itself, for the East Wind to come about. That's how this movie's espionage theme is played out, with plenty of waiting. Instant results and instant gratification do not come easy, and even the finale I found to be less than satisfying, though it provided subtle avenues to keep your imagination running as to how the turn of events have greatly affected the usually cautious Mr Yee (Tony Leung).

Like the movie, Leung's Mr Yee remains an enigma we are trying to have a crack at, trying to, like the rest, understand his secret life. He sneaks around from fort to fort, always with protection, and has this solid wall build around his personal life, that even his wife (Joan Chen) finds hard to break, and letting it be anyway, enjoying luxurious life as a tai-tai. All we know about Yee, is that he's a Chinese traitor in the employment of the Japanese, while enjoying immense power under the protection of his master, readily bolts like a running dog that he is in the first signs of trouble.

Enter Tang Wei's Chia Chi, in a strategy hundreds of years old, and that is to use the lure of the beauty to provide the downfall of powerful generals. As a fresh faced ingénue, she enters the dangerous cat and mouse game at great personal sacrifice, probing cautiously (that's the word again) into the life of Mr Yee, and casting those come hither eyes as bait to lure her prey, relying on others to provide the finishing blow and save her from his evil roaming clutches. In order to enter his circle of trust, she has to play to the sadistic sexual fantasies (you see, I don't think he gets any from Mrs Yee anyway) of a repressed man using her as an avenue to release those pent up rage and frustrations from work, where his job as we know is to interrogate fellow countrymen. It's not a glam job, especially when you're casting your lot with the underdogs.

Lust, Caution is a tale of two lonely people, forced by circumstances to do what they have to. One, to fulfill her ideology and get rid of possibly one of the most dangerous man to the Chinese, while the other, looking for honest companionship. It's falling for and sleeping with the enemy both ways, and in a time where trust is hard pressed, this makes everything more complex, especially when it comes to irrational emotions that overrule logic and guard. It's layered with plenty of betrayals whichever way you look at it, and the narrative kept pace by unfolding each

layer intricately. Which makes it ultimately a very sad love that couldn't be story, the perennial fib to reality.

Tony being Tony, I can't help but think that with his hair slicked back, and his stoic demeanor in well pressed suits, look the more vengeful version of his Mr Chow from In the Mood for Love, though this time round he really gets it on with another married woman Mrs Mak, Chia Chi's alter-ego. He might be sleepwalking through his role here, as he speaks very little and does even less, but comes alive in his scenes toward the end. LeeHom is rather wooden though as the de-factor youth leader, and his romantic moments with Tang Wei just falls flat given that it's not fully developed here, if not for the focus of love between Mr Yee and Mrs Mak.

Like how Lee Ang shot Zhang Ziyi to prominence with her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as a headstrong young woman who comes of age, Tang Wei snags a role as such and it wouldn't be much of a surprise should she gain acclaim and recognition for her role here. She switches between the greenhorn student and one who's living a lie quite easily, and she exhibits linguistic skills (English, Cantonese, Mandarin and even Shanghainese) and even talent for song. Watch those eyes of hers, and her rant during breaking point, excellent stuff.

Lust, Caution is an espionage story that works, and being set in a tumultuous era helped loads in the eagerness and sense of urgency required, and how patience in getting everything set up for that one shot one kill opportunity makes it a constant tussle, both for the characters, and how events get played out.

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