10/31/2007

Movie Review: Lust, Caution (Se, Jie)


Ang Lee does it again with Lust, Caution, a beautiful period drama set in 1940's Shanghai, China.

The story is about how a young, idealistic lady is thrust in a world of war and espionage, along with how the situation changes her physically and emotionally. The title of the movie is very suggestive and captures the essence of the world the main protagonist (played by Tang Wei) lived in-- as a spy, she infiltrated the enemy by being a mistress to one of its top ministers (played by Tony Leung).

The sex scenes are charged, but done with taste. There is one scene where the sadistic tendencies of the minister was portrayed and if an amateur was at the helm, it would have come as sleazy. But thankfully, Ang Lee is an artist. Also, I remember the ending to one of Lee's popular work, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with Lust, Caution's, because the sense of tragedy and missed opportunities were there.

Lust, Caution is a screen gem that people who can watch (18 years old and above) it should not miss.


Rating: 4/5


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