Ang Lee adapts revered Chinese writer Eileen Chang’s novel into a powerful thriller-drama of desire and commitment in the tormented China of the 1940s, under Japanese occupation. A young woman finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless intelligence agent.
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GREAT camera movement. The end fizzles. Final moment with Wong doesn't do her character justice, whereas the final moment with Yee is superb. But I did love everything to do w/ their relationship + the context w/in which it all occurs. Here's my clever observation: the (superb) moment of extended violence (the stabbing) has mad libidinal energy, bit of a [pre]counterpoint to violent energy that informs the sexxxx.
The two lead actors here are superb, they're almost unreal in their portrayal. I have no idea how Ang Lee swings from one genre to another and still come up with a masterful work. Lust, Caution is beautiful period film and is a deeply emphatic portrait of love and betrayal.
A love story on par with Brokeback Mountain, IMO. Epic storytelling. One of Tony's best (and violently sexiest) characters. The heartbreak and dissolution! The cinch at the end in the jeweler's...GAH! If you don't think Tony Leung Chiu Wai is the best actor in the universe, just look at his face!
This can be by far the most sensual movie I have seen. The cast is brilliant, the story is flowing. Even though the movie is in Chinese, I never felt alienated to the cultural density of the movie. There are so many strong emotions such as hate, love, lust, patriotism that are tangled so artistically. Needless to say more, go and see this movie.
Of all the recent movies, this was the most intense love story i have seen in many years. There are two scenes which are heartbreaking: when she is singing for him in a japanese restaurant and the final scene.
Most of the times when movies get this carnal the focus on the lovers relationship becomes secondary to sex (that's right Breillat). This one just does it magistrally.
It's funny to me that when 50 Shades of Grey portrays rough sex in a sexist and toxic light we denounce it as misogynistic garbage, but when a Chinese movie does basically the same thing we call it an "erotic thriller"
The story line is impressive. I was bored the first time because all I saw was women playing mahjong, until the story kicked in. I was speechless by the time the film ended. It's still one of the best I've seen.