Lust, Caution
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Lust, Caution

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Original title: Se, Jie (色,戒)
Year: 2007
IMDB Rating: 7.6 16374 votes
Plot: Shanghai, 1942. The World War II Japanese occupation of this Chinese city continues in force. Mrs. Mak, a woman of sophistication and means, walks into a café, places a call, and then sits and waits. She remembers how her story began several years earlier, in 1938 China. She is not in fact Mrs. Mak, but shy Wong Chia Chi. With WWII underway, Wong has been left behind by her father, who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university, she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min. Kuang has started a drama society to shore up patriotism. As the theater troupe's new leading lady, Wong realizes that she has found her calling, able to move and inspire audiences and Kuang. He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator, Mr. Yee. Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs. Mak, who will gain Yees' trust by befriending his wife and then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself utterly inside and out, and the scenario proceeds as scripted until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. Shanghai, 1941. With no end in sight for the occupation, Wong having emigrated from Hong Kong goes through the motions of her existence. Much to her surprise, Kuang re-enters her life. Now part of the organized resistance, he enlists her to again become Mrs. Mak in a revival of the plot to kill Yee, who as head of the collaborationist secret service has become even more a key part of the puppet government. As Wong reprises her earlier role, and is drawn ever closer to her dangerous prey, she finds her very identity being pushed to the limit...
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Colormode: Color
Running time: 127

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Lust, Caution
The New York Times, by MANOHLA DARGIS source: http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/movies/28lust.html
«"Lust, Caution" feels at once overpadded and underdeveloped: it’s all production design and not enough content. »
RollingStone, by PETER TRAVERS source: http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/11772554/review/16496973/lus~~~_se_jie
«Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break.»
Cinematical: TIFF Review, by James Rocchi source: http://www.cinematical.com/2007/09/14/tiff-review-lust-caution/
«Lust, Caution is a film worth seeing again, a film worth having your own opinion about, a challenging piece of cinema that also thrills, a complicated bold work that's bigger than its problems.»
guardian.co.uk, by Peter Bradshaw source: http://film.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/Critic_Review/Guardian_Film_of_t~~~ontinue
«The sex scenes have a glorious impact, all the more so for the long, burning fuse that precedes their detonation. »
International Herald Tribune, by Dennis Lim source: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/27/arts/26lim.php?page=1
«In Ang Lee's 'Lust, Caution,' love is beautiful to see, impossible to hold.»
IGN, by Todd Gilchrist source: http://movies.ign.com/articles/818/818537p1.html
«Even as a less visible or immediately provocative tale than Brokeback, Lust, Caution is a beautiful, erotically-charged tale that easily stands among the director's best work.»
Twitch, by Kurt Halfyard source: http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/tiff-report-lust-caution-review/
«Given the glossiness of the production, it seems strange. In the art-house world, this is Ang Lee’s Pearl Harbour, with the audience draw (and NC-17 marketing hook) not being a point-of-view bomb-cam as it crashes into naval hardware, as displayed in Michael Bay’s misfired epic, but rather in gorgeously lit, yet bombastic sexual gymnastics.»

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Filmmakers

Lee, AngLEE Ang
director
Chang, EileenCHANG Eileen
writer
SCHAMUS James
writer
Desplat, AlexandreDESPLAT Alexandre
composer
Focus Features
studio
Haishang Films
studio
Mr. Yee Productions
studio
River Road Entertainment
studio
Persons

Cast

Wai, Tony Leung ChiuWAI Tony Leung Chiu
as Mr. Yee
Tang, WeiTANG Wei
as Wong Chia Chi / Mai Tai Tai
Chen, JoanCHEN Joan
as Mrs. Yee
Wang, Lee-HomWANG Lee-Hom
as Kuang Yu Min
Tou, Chung HuaTOU Chung Hua
as Old Wu
CHU Chih-Ying
as Lai Shu Jin
KAO Ying-Hsien
as Huang Lei
KO Yue-Lin
as Liang Jun Sheng
YUEN Johnson
as Auyang Ling Wen / Mr. Mak
Chin, Kar LokCHIN Kar Lok
as Tsao
YAN Su
as Ma Tai Tai
HE Saifei
as Hsiao Tai Tai
SONG Ruhui
as Wang's Aunt
KHER Anupam
as Khalid Saiduddin
JIE Liu
as Leung Tai Tai
WANG Hui-Ling
as Liao Tai Tai
TAKESHITA Akiko
as Japanese Tavern Boss Lady
FUJIKI Hayato
as Japanese Colonel Sato
CHENG Yu Lai
as HKU Theater Audience (female)
MASUMI Seto
as Geisha in Japanese Tavern
DOU Li
as Old Man at Bookstore
KOHYAMA Noriko
as Musician in Japanese Tavern (as Koyama Noriko)
KOJIMA Yuji
as Japanese Commander Taicho
PATHAK Shayam
as Jewelry Shopkeeper
LU Lisa
ZHANG-PING Gu
as Hong Kong Tailor
BO-WEN Gao
as Male Ping-Tan Singer
QUN Yu
as Female Ping-Tan Singer
LAU Yat-Tung
as HKU Theater Audience (as Lau Yat Tung)
YOKO Mizogomi
as Japanese Teacher
FUMIKA Minamikata
as Japanese Tavern Waitress
FATNASSI Anys
as New Kiessling Cafe Waiter
JUN Tang Ya
as Tricycle Cab Waiter
HONG Shi
as Woman at Police Line
WEI Deng
as Prostitute in Brothel
ZIACAN Jacob J
as Western student (uncredited)



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