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Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution

"Lust is easy to stop, but passion is not."


Rating: Rated nc17

Director: Ang Lee

Release Date: November 5th, 2007

Cast: Tony Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen and Lee-Hom Wang

Lust, Caution is an intense erotic espionage thriller that takes place over a span of 4 years, and it hooks its viewers and doesn’t let go until the dramatic conclusion.

The film starts off in occupied Shanghai during the year 1942 and Wang Jiazhi (Wei Tang), a beautiful and confident woman, enters a café where she ultimately begins reflecting on the past. We are then thrown 4 years into the past where we discover Wang Jiazhi is a shy and innocent girl at a small university. From here we watch the past unravel and witness Wang Jizahi transform before our very eyes into a dangerous mistress whose very life and heart are placed in grave threat in the lion’s den.

This movie is as much raw and passionate as it is thrilling and suspenseful. So raw, in fact, that it was given a NC-17 rating for several explicit sex scenes. Not only are these scenes breathtaking, but the moments leading up to them are pure genius; the film, at its core, is essentially one large sexual encounter. One moment you’re being enticed with the back and forth between Wang Jiazhi and her target, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung), and then you’re thrown straight into a steamy sex scene between the two. It’s absolutely brilliant and mind boggling.

The acting from new comer Wei Tang can only bring one word to mind: spectacular. Her abilities are stunning and they show in the film’s most powerful scenes. She and Tony Leung both deliver admirably and compliment each other wonderfully. Toss in Ang Lee’s developed directing skills and you have the formula for an excellent flick.

Lee is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain; the latter was highly controversial and Lust, Caution is sure to stir up controversy for itself. Lee even went on record saying it wasn’t a film for the American market, and while he might be right to some degree this film is a must see as it is one of the best movies of the year. Passion, betrayal, heartbreak; they all tie together to make this the best movie of the year, in my opinion.

Even though I highly recommend everyone see Lust, Caution, it is most definitely too explicit for some viewers; hence the NC-17 rating. Do not take the rating lightly, or you will be shocked. With that said, this film is sure to enter the books as an excellent crafted piece of art to be viewed and studied for many years to come. And if you’re looking for a spine tingling masterpiece, this movie will surely please those with even the hungriest of cravings.