- Also available: the Lust, Caution soundtrack showcasing the original musical score by Golden Globe Award®-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, The Painted Veil).
Lust, Caution (Widescreen Edition)
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The love story unfolds against the backdrop of 1930's Japanese-invaded Shanghai where tyranny and suffering were synonymous. Nubile Wang Jia Zhi played by Tang Wei joins the resistance movement and gets herself drawn into the role of a spy to crumble the traitor, Mr Yee. In between the espionage and wild climatic trysts, both of them unknowingly embroil themselves in love and deceit, much deeper than they would have liked themselves to.
Tang Wei, as a newcomer to cinema, is impeccable. Her evolution from a wide-eyed country girl to a seductive temptress is enough to make the hardest of most men, in this case, the distrusting Mr. Yee fall for her. Wei acts pretty much on instincts and her body language does wonders at seducing the somewhat vulnerable Mr. Yee played by multiple-award winner Tony Leung. Wei breaks down in the memorable scene where she's talking to the resistance leader on her unyieldingly sacrificial role that is both a torment and insidious attack to her emotions.
As usual, Tony has the penchant for playing dark brooding men and in this instance, an evil Chinese traitor. He does not act. His presence already commands attention as the cynical no-nonsense minister. The pivotal sex scenes, split into three parts, are not just there for visual enhancement. They actually convey the shift in roles between the two throughout their complex relationship.Read more ›
Ang Lee said that he made this film for the Chinese audience, but I also read that he was disappointed by the fact that the Chinese media focused predominantly on the raw, sex scenes. I can understand his frustration. I wonder really how the mainland Chinese will embrace such a tale. Eileen Chang was never a Communist writer. In the book and the movie, the revolutionaries were referred to as 'the people from Chongqing.Read more ›
The story takes place in 1930s Shanghai, a Chinese city under Japanese occupation. While this setting is necessary to the plot, it also immerses the audience in a time and place completely foreign to all but the oldest generations in China today. Rations, checkpoints, suppression of movement and goods are all elements weighing on the movie's characters, but through connections and resourcefulness, most manage something just shy of a normal existence despite bearing the stress of war.
I cannot recommend this film to those easily upset by nudity or sexuality in film, nor those rare individuals averse to scenes of violence. But, for adults interested in a serious film filled with brutal emotion, the horrors of wartime, and the occasional tragedy of youthful rebellion, do see this.
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A movie you want to have your treats ready because, you will not want to get up to do anything while this movie is on. Eye opener and mouth wide open too. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Grog65
Oh yeh! Great movie, very well acted...well maybe they werent acting!Published 1 day ago by Richitikitavi
This is an absolutely stunning work. The actors incredible. Yes. There are graphic scenes, but they are in keeping with the overall plot and you won't believe its terminal... Read morePublished 1 month ago by paco
I did not realize how rated R this movie would be, which is why I am only giving it 4 stars. However, this movie is very well done and I would watch it again just because the plot... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I was sad about the ending, but think it is consistent with the characters of both. Yee is a monster, torturing those who threaten the Japanese occupation. He plays one role at home for his wife and her friends and another as the collaborating traitor, willing to do anything to maintain his... Read More
Jul 14, 2008 by dailyreader | See all 6 posts
As long as it is the right region you're getting a perfectly fine product. I have blu-ray imports of Children of Men, Trainspotting, The Seventh Seal, and a few others that all play fine. The only thing is you might need to change the subtitles.
Oct 12, 2008 by Heroin Smoker | See all 2 posts
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NC-17 replaces the X version.
Feb 13, 2008 by Diana Stout | See all 5 posts
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I agree with you. It seem; however, that most people forget Lee's fabulous movie "The Wedding Banquet". Talk about a director of all seasons!!!
Oct 26, 2007 by Sun Dog | See all 4 posts
|Is this the version described in Universal Studio's news release?||
I thought so too that Amazon's description was vague. For languages it states English and French but no Chinese(Mandarin) it also states its dubbed (which I hate). Which this clears up.
Feb 17, 2008 by Yankeex1 | See all 5 posts
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