Lust, Caution (R)

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Released 2007

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Director:
Ang Lee
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Lust, Caution (R) is the acclaimed 2007 erotic, romance thriller from internationally lauded filmmaker Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, The Hulk). The film focuses on a group of Hong Kong college students who form a theater group to present plays of 'significance'. Young Wong Chia Chi (Wei Tang) is asked to join the theatrical group and she consents primarily because of her attraction to the leader of the group, Kuang Yu Min (Lee-Hom Wang). Events of history alter the purpose of the art groups and they become a Resistance force against the Japanese occupation of China. The leader of the Japanese sympathizers is a Mr. Lee (Tony Leung) and the student group plans an infiltration into his home and life by placing Wong Chia Chi into his household. In residence in Mr. Lee's home, she learns to tolerate the constant mah jong games with Mr. Lee's wife (Joan Chen) and her gossipy girlfriends, only to await the moment when Mr. Lee will notice her and hopefully begin an affair that will result in inside information espionage.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A brooding meditation on the unnerving power and terrible cost of emotional and political masquerades, the Chinese-language Lust, Caution gets under your skin with its examination ...

  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

    Too much caution and too little lust squeeze much of the dramatic juice out of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, a 2½--hour period drama that's a long haul for relatively few returns.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Lust, Caution -- a truer title would be "Caution: Lust" -- is a sleepy, musty period drama about wartime maneuvers and bedroom calisthenics, and the misguided use of a solid director.

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    facing danger, corrupt politics, family tragedy, forbidden love, high stake situations