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Lust, Caution (2007)

Se, jie (original title)
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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.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Eileen Chang (story), James Schamus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... 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
Tsung-Hua To ... Old Wu
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 Johnson Yuen ... Auyang Ling Wen / Mr. Mak
Kar Lok Chin ... Tsao
Yan Su ... Ma Tai Tai
Saifei He ... Hsiao Tai Tai
Ruhui Song Ruhui Song ... Wang's Aunt
Anupam Kher ... Khalid Saiduddin
Jie Liu ... Leung Tai Tai
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

To kill the enemy, she would have to capture his heart....and break her own. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | China | Taiwan

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lust, Caution See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,918, 30 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,602,512, 20 January 2008
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rather explicit sex scenes were shot over eleven days on a closed set, with only the main camera and sound personnel present. See more »

Goofs

In the café scene where Mak Tai Tai is calling her comrades the ringer heard through the phone both times is a modern ringer, which wasn't used until the 1970s/early 1980s. See more »


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Dinner Waltz
Performed by Traffic Quintet (as Traffic String Quintet), Dominique Lemonnier, Philippe Noharet, Raphaël Perraud, Anne Villette, Estelle Vilotte
Composed by Alexandre Desplat
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A beautiful masterpiece
7 October 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a woman enticing a top ranking official in the occupying Japanese government, in order to assassinate him.

I am very impressed by this film after just watching 5 minutes of it. The mahjong scene is very well made. Behind all the gossip, it has so much subtle tension. Everyone is secretly calculating another and planning their next move, both in the game and outside the game. Another striking thing that I noticed is that the panning motion of the camera. I am sure it is very tricky to get it right! A continuous shot of taking a piece of mahjong, then the hand of tiles, then throwing the unwanted one away. All done in one shot. It's really good camera work.

There is a lot of complex emotions, both expressed and implied. For example, Wang Jiazhi's pain of having to give up her virginity is skilfully implied. Later, her pain of being intimate with Mr Yee is expressed in a rage. The psychological games in the subsequent parts is well portrayed. Wei Tang is masterful in playing her role. She portrays a wide variety of facial expression and bodily gestures so naturally and skilfully. Her power of seduction is undeniable. The surreal atmosphere that she creates when she is Mai Tai Tai is stunning. I have never heard of her before, and I hope she will get to play in more film in the future.

Despite the film being two and a half hour long, it did not feel like it at all. In fact, I am glad that Ang Lee gives us enough time to appreciate the beauty of the film. The plot is gripping, and there is a lot to be pondered on. Men have to caution against lust, while for women, they may have to caution against something else. I will no reveal it here, watch the film to see for yourself.

This film is a beautiful masterpiece. Just a side note, the sexuality in this film is so extremely the polar opposite compared to Ang Lee's last film "Brokeback Mountain". I find this very interesting.


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