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Lust, Caution -- The original version of Ang Lee's provocative thriller about a young woman who gets swept up in a plot to kill a ruthless intelligence agent. It's "erotic and suspenseful" (Rolling Stone).(English Subtitles)
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.
Lust, Caution -- Interview: Ang Lee "On Eileen Chang"
Lust, Caution -- Interview: Tony Leung "On his character"


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Release Date:
24 September 2007 (Taiwan) 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 Chiu Wai Leung ... Mr. Yee

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

Joan Chen ... Yee Tai Tai

Leehom Wang ... Kuang Yu Min
Chung-Hua Tou ... Old Wu
Chih-ying Chu ... Lai Shu Jin
Yin-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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gao Bo-Wen ... Male Ping-Tan Singer
Li Dou ... Old Man at Bookstore
Anys Fatnassi ... New Kiessling Cafe Waiter
Minamikata Fumika ... Japanese Tavern Waitress
Zhang-Ping Gu ... Hong Kong Tailor
Shi Hong ... Woman at Police Line
Yuji Kojima ... Japanese Commander Taicho
Yat-Tung Lau ... HKU Theater Audience (as Lau Yat Tung)

Lisa Lu ... Mahjong partner of Aunt
Shayam Pathak ... Jewelry Shopkeeper
Yu Qun ... Female Ping-Tan Singer
Ya Jun Tang ... Tricycle Cab Waiter
Deng Wei ... Prostitute in Brothel
Mizogomi Yoko ... Japanese Teacher
Jacob J Ziacan ... Western Student

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 
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
Michelle Lo .... production manager
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)
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 Bloom .... foley artist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound 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 .... sound 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
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
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: Efilm
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)
Music Department
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... additional orchestrator
David Bergeaud .... composer: additional music
Christine Bergren .... music consultant
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Christopher Briquet .... orchestra contractor (as Christophe Briquet)
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music engineer
Michael Colier .... assistant music engineer
Cecile Coutelier .... music assistant engineer
Gisele David .... music preparation
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Andrew Dudman .... score mixer
Andrew Dudman .... score recording engineer
Xavier Forcioli .... composer assistant
Dan Lieberstein .... music consultant
Jen Pray .... music clearance
Claude Romano .... music preparation
Other crew
Aw Bert .... location manager
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
Synderella Peng .... title designer
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

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Mr. X (special visual effects)
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Additional Details

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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (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:NC-17 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) (uncut version) | USA:R (heavily cut version)
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Did You Know?

Eileen Chang first began writing the story in the 1950s. After being heavily revised by the author, it was eventually published in 1979.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1 min) An Indian policeman wearing a red headband is seen directing traffic on the left side of the screen. When they park the car, the same Indian policeman has magically moved to the right side of the screen.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Destry Rides Again (1939)See more »


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60 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Poignant depiction of turbulent wartime politics, 8 October 2007
Author: disco_barrio ( from Los Angeles

I had been hyping myself up a great deal for Lust, Caution ever since I first heard of the project, so I'm glad to say that it did not disappoint. The film was a beautifully executed "espionage thriller," if you want to go with how it's being marketed to a broad audience. Steeped in the historically and culturally turbulent period of the second Sino-Japanese War, one must applaud Ang Lee for the dizzying array of minutiae he oversaw as director.

Because of the nature of the film's protagonist Wang Jiazhi (played by a newcomer named Tang Wei - not shabby for your first feature) as an agent working under a second identity to ensnare a dangerous collaborationist (Tony Leung), all the scenes where Wang masquerades as the bourgeois Ms. Mai are fraught with a psychological tension, doubling with the political agenda at stake as well as her womanhood. She portrays both roles with heartbreaking deftness; a great casting choice if there ever was one. While not as physically alluring as some of her competitors for the role - Chinese language actresses including Zhou Xun and Shu Qi - I don't think anyone else could have pulled it off like Tang. She convincingly transforms herself from a naive college girl to coy seductress...and back again.

The film struck quite a few personal nerves on my part too. While mainstream cinema should be, you know, self-sustaining or whatever you want to call it, there's really a lot to this movie that gets lost in subtitling to an extent, but also just in context and culture. Etiquette at the mah-jongg table; the omnipresent yet understated background of wartime occupation; political interests in the Chinese Civil War era; the weight of regional identity in dialects and interpersonal relationships. Tang Wei spoke Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. My only thought is: What a hottie.

The sex scenes are...something else. As echoed by most critics, they serve the story perfectly in capturing the urgency that Tang and Leung have in their precarious affair. There's a lot of violence in them, and it is through these carnal and savage acts that Tony Leung's Mr. Yee character is established as a very dangerous man. I won't spoil too much but there were several times when it became too difficult to watch.

There were quite a few moments that made my heart flutter and eyes wobble. I'll just leave it at that.

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