Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution

Director Ang Lee’s new film, winner of the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival, is an espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai. Asian cinema icon Tony Leung (Hero, In the Mood for Love) stars as Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure in 1940s Shanghai. Tang Wei, a rising star in mainland China, makes her feature film debut as Wang Jiazhi, a young woman who gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with Mr. Yee.

Venice Film Festival 2007, Golden Lion (Best Film) and Best Cinematography.
2008157 minsChinaMandarin
Director:
Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon')
Writer:
James Schamus
Cast:
Joan ChenTony Leung Chiu WaiWei TangLee-Hom WangChih-ying ChuAnupam Kher

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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Or, Black Book with 80% less disturbing fascism. “If you pay close enough attention, nothing is trivial”, broods Tony Leung in an early scene. That might well be the best summation anyone’s ever given for Ang Lee’s films, and it’s certainly true for Lust, Caution. A director whose body of work is marked by careful attention to the fragile ground between public behaviour and private frustration, Lee here treads well-worn ground.

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Variety

Variety

Too much caution and too little lust squeeze much of the dramatic juice out of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, a 2?--hour period drama that's a long haul for relatively few returns.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Another resounding success for Ang Lee, whose film-making has such mass and substance. His movies are like huge, exciting new buildings for us to gather round and wonder at.

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Salon

Salon

The sex scenes -- intense, affecting and emotionally raw -- are the best thing about this frustratingly limp movie.

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

It might have been better to have played it straight — small instead of epic, chronological instead of deconstructed — and to give his characters some explicitness in history instead of the bedroom.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A beautiful but lengthy and self-indulgent affair...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A beautifully rendered, long, drawn-out but ultimately very satisfying story of betrayal and revenge in an uneasy setting of wartime paranoia.

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BBC

BBC

A stern, steely film that requires considerable patience, but stick with it for long enough and you'll be rewarded with a mesmerising study in emotional cruelty.

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