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Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Tony Leung Chui Wai, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Lee-Hom Wang,
Lust, Caution is a darkly, beautiful Ang Lee period piece set in China during the Japanese WWII occupation. The plodding story and the sub-titles can make it difficult to get into, and to follow at first, but there are wonderful performances and a good story that will eventually draw in most viewers.
Lust, Caution is about a young Chinese woman, Wong Chia Chi, who joins with a group of students to go undercover to bring down a powerful Japanese collaborator named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung Chui Wai), whose socialite wife she befriends. This is only the beginning as she is pulled deeper and deeper into the deception. This is a Taiwanese film, and the unedited version has sex scenes that are longer and more graphic than we are used to with North American features, so you probably don’t want to sit down and watch it with your parents, in-laws, grandmother, etc., unless your family dynamic is fundamentally different from mine.
Lust, Caution is an enjoyable, and well-made, foreign feature that should please patient viewers who are comfortable with sub-titled features. It is reminiscent of a similar Dutch feature, Zwartboek (Black Book).