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Lust, Caution

HD   R Closed Captioning

Ang Lee

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About the Movie

Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee adapts this Eileen Chang story set in World War II-era Shanghai that details the political intrigue surrounding a powerful political figure named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Spanning the late '30s and early '40s, the movie introduces us to Hong Kong teen Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei), a shy college freshman who finds her calling in a drama society devoted to patriotic plays. But the troupe's leader, Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom), isn't just a theater maven — he's a revolutionary as well, and he's devoted to carrying out a bold plan to assassinate top Japanese collaborator Mr. Yee. Each student has an important role to play, and Wong puts herself in a dangerous position as Mrs. Mak; she befriends Mr. Yee's wife (Joan Chen), and slowly gains trust before tempting him into an affair. While at first the plan goes exactly as scripted, things suddenly take a deadly turn and Wong is emigrated from Hong Kong. Later, in 1941, the occupation shows no signs of ceasing and Wong is simply drifting through her days in Shanghai. Much to her surprise, the former actress finds Kuang requesting that she resume the role of Mrs. Mak. Now, as Wong again gains intimate access to her dangerous prey, she must struggle with her own identity in order to pull off the performance of a lifetime.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 147
  • Fresh: 107
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There is deception, suspicion and self-delusion, but it all seems rendered at arm's length, despite the consummate artistry of the filmmaking. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jan 3, 2008

Fresh: Overwrought and overlong, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution nevertheless has some moments of exquisite beauty and a potentially star-making performance from newcomer Tang Wei. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There is plenty of lust exercised in the athletic, don't-try-this-at-home sex scenes between Hong Kong star Tony Leung and the stunning Chinese newcomer Wei Tang. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jan 3, 2008

Rotten: A shocking disappointment. – Anthony Quinn, Independent (UK), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Sex scenes are not a movie

Very poor movie

Isn't this supposed to be NC-17?

This is the R version. Ang Lee thought this movie was supposed to be nine minutes longer.

Don't know what they cut to make it R-Rated.

I saw this in the theater with the NC-17 rating. If you're looking for a hot and heavy movie, don't bother. This is a little deeper. First and foremost, it's a morality tale. Many characters find themselves questioning if they are doing the right thing. The lead of the movie is a woman pretending to be something she's not. She struggles between her false life and her real emotions. At times, I thought the pace was a little slow, but the story is interesting. Great acting, good direction. Worth watching, worth renting, but I wouldn't buy it.

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