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(2007)

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Reportedly, Ang Lee saw 10,000 actresses before casting Wei Tang.
Ang Lee made Tony Chiu Wai Leung study the performances of Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris (1972), Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place (1950), and Richard Burton in Equus (1977) to give him a sense of wounded masculinity, which Lee felt was right for the character of Mr. Yee.
Ang Lee said that directing the explicit sex scenes was more difficult than directing the complicated fighting scenes in _Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)_.
The rather explicit sex scenes were shot over 11 days on a closed set, with only the main camera and sound personnel present.
The Taiwanese Government Information Office (GIO) awarded the Taiwan-born director Ang Lee and his Haishang Films company each with NT$10 million (US$303,000) on 25 September 2007. This is for Lee's winning of the Golden Lion top prize at the 2007 Venice Festival. Lee, however, donated the money to help junior directors and artists to make more outstanding films.
Eileen Chang first began writing the story in the 1950s. After being heavily revised by the author, it was eventually published in 1979.
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'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).
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The song that Wang Jiazhi sings to Mr Yee is entitled "A Singing Girl At The Edge of the World" and was the theme song of a popular film, "Malu Tianshi" (Street Angel) released four years before the events of the film took place. It is still considered an evergreen standard in Chinese pop music and has been covered by many other artists since.
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Mr. Yee's gait is based upon the Director's father.
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Zhi-Ying Zhu who plays Lai Shu Jin was the runner-up for the role of Wong Chia Chi / Mak Tai Tai later taken by Wei Tang.
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The title is actually an untranslatable pun in Chinese, in which the words for "Caution" and "Ring" (as in jewelry) are written using the same ideogram in Chinese.
When Yee, depicted as a traitor to his nation, burned paper documents in the office of his house, a picture of Dr. Sun, Yat-Sen, modern China's founding father, is visible in the background.
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