Lust, Caution
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Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee adapts this Eileen Chang story set in World War II-era Shanghai that details the political intrigue surrounding a powerful political figure named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Spanning the late '30s and early '40s, the movie introduces us to Hong Kong teen Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei), a shy college freshman who finds her calling in a drama society devoted to patriotic plays. But the troupe's leader, Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom), isn't just a theater maven -- he's a revolutionary as well, and he's devoted to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"Its dark romanticism lingers in the mind."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"In a film where casting is a vital component in the edgy equation, Leung and Tang make a picturesque and dramatically compelling couple."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Lee is hot, engaged, emotional, sincere and fundamentally looking at any slice of life through a sexual lens."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Though his direction is unsurprisingly beautiful, the settings lush and the performances wonderful, no one apparently had the guts to insist Lee streamline his rambling story."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"What lingers is the suspicion that women carry a burden of war they can't ever put down, and that even noble idealists can justify turning their girls into whores."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Overwrought and overlong, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution nevertheless has some moments of exquisite beauty and a potentially star-making performance from newcomer Tang Wei."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Both a cannily constructed spy thriller and a grim kind of love story."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Lee is hot, engaged, emotional, sincere and fundamentally looking at any slice of life through a sexual lens."
‑ Dan Jardine, Daily-Reviews
"La mano experta de Ang Lee logra sostener el relato durante sus dos horas y media de duración, con algunos picos de intensidad en un par de escenas brillantemente resueltas."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Lee provides no such easy comfort, instead keeping audiences constantly off-kilter, purposefully frustrating them with character behavior that's just...wrong."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Lust, Caution asks some patience of us, but our patience pays off."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"There is deception, suspicion and self-delusion, but it all seems rendered at arm's length, despite the consummate artistry of the filmmaking."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Lovers of genuine cinema will get blue balls"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"For all Lee's meticulous control over this immaculately nuanced melodrama-thriller, there is a surprising lack of emotional draw."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Like the many facets of a diamond, the human heart can find its lustre in dark places. Ang Lee's tortuous film about love and betrayal takes passion through highs and lows as it leads us through its tense and riveting journey"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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