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Lust, Caution

  R HD Closed Captioning

Ang Lee

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Plot Summary

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: 145
  • Fresh: 105
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

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: In a film where casting is a vital component in the edgy equation, Leung and Tang make a picturesque and dramatically compelling couple. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Lust, Caution asks some patience of us, but our patience pays off. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Jun 24, 2010

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

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Customer Reviews

Apple please do not dictate morality

(This rating is for the iTunes version of this film, not the film itself.) This is a film by a well known director that happens to contain sex scenes. Please do not give the watered down version. This is what movie rental chains used to do and movie lovers and directors were up in arms. Please begin the precedent of posting real versions of movies not the lame cut down versions. Do not dictate morality, let people choose.

Please offer director version!!!

for a film that is offered in its original version as NC-17, and apple to only offer its R rated version is unfortunately censorship. Please allow both versions to be available and allow your consumers to decide!!!

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.

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