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Provocative, thrilling and passionate, Lust, Caution is the daring new film from acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Set against the backdrop of a transforming country, a young woman finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless and secretive intelligence agent. As she immerses herself in her role as a cosmopolitan seductress, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game that will ultimately determine her fate. Erotic, breathtaking and suspenseful, this award-winning film is being called "exquisitely beautiful" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) and "lushly sensual" (Leah Rozen, People).

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Studio Universal
SKU 206607266
UPC 025193330628
UPC 14 00025193330628
Format DVD
Release Date 2/19/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By
Ang Lee - Director
Eileen Chang - Based On Story By
Hui-Ling Wang - Screenplay
James Schamus - Executive Producer
James Schamus - Screenplay
Joan Chen - Actor
Kwok-wing Chong, et. al. - Art Director
Lai Pan - Production Designer
Lee-Hom Wang - Actor
Lloyd Chao - Producer
Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Tim Squyres - Editor
Tony Leung Chiu Wai - Actor
Wei Tang - Actor
Awards
Nominee (2008) Golden Globe, Lust, Caution, Best Foreign Language Film
Winner (2007) Venice Film Festival, Ang Lee, Golden Lion Award,Venice Film Festival, Rodrigo Prieto, Golden Osella - Best Cinematography
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Ang Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain is Lust, Caution. The film's receipt of an NC-17 by the MPAA was dutifully noted by the mainstream media, as was the distributor's (Focus Features) decision not to appeal the rating. NC-17 movies aren't released often and, when they are, they rarely make an impression at the box office - some mainstream multiplex chains refuse to show them and some newspapers will not advertise them. This has earned the NC-17 the nickname of the "kiss of death"...Lust, Caution is one of those films that requires patience. Like cold water brought to a boil, it takes a long time but once the bubbles start appearing, the roiling is impossible to stop. Lee, who has never been one to stand pat or rest in a particular genre (this is, after all, a filmmaker who has been responsible for such diverse fare as Crouching Tiger, Hulk, and Brokeback Mountain) moves fluidly into new territory and conquers it with an ease that is almost breathless. Aided by the nuanced, forceful performances of his two leads, he has made Lust, Caution something to be seen and savored.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" is first languid, then passionate, as it tells the story of a young woman who joins a political murder plot and then becomes emotionally involved with her enemy. It begins at a 1942 Mah-Jongg game in Hong Kong, when erotic undertones become clearly audible to us, and then flashes back to Shanghai, 1938, during the Japanese occupation of China...There is not a frame of the film that is not beautiful, but there may be too many frames. Why does Ang Lee go into such depth and detail to establish this world, and why does he delay the film's crucial scenes? I don't know, but of course seeing the film the first time I didn't know that was what he was doing and grew restless before I grew involved. Asked to edit the sex scenes to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating, Lee quite properly refused and was backed all the way by James Schamus, his co-writer and also, significantly, head of Focus Features, which is releasing the film...The nature of the sex is Lee's subject, and he is too honest to suppress that. His moments of full frontal nudity avoid the awkwardness of most movie sex scenes in which the lovers, although alone, carefully mask their naughty bits. The scenes are not edited for erotic effect, it must be observed, but are treated in terms of their psychological meaning.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Rated NC17, English, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dana Stevens, Slate ...both a cannily constructed spy thriller and a grim kind of love story...
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post ...operates on the same principle that distinguishes all lasting romances, be they "Wuthering Heights," "Casablanca" or "When Harry Met Sally."
Ken Fox, TV Guide Lee has perfectly captured the details, textures, sights and sounds of a China caught between East and West...
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times A brooding meditation on the unnerving power and terrible cost of emotional and political masquerades...gets under your skin...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break.

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