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.
i think u can tell how carefully crafted each scene was, and the setting of 1930s shanghai in all its english-infiltrated ritziness is very fitting for a director like lee ang to take on..i took off a star cuz i wish the plot tied in to the jpns aggression era more closely like...besides the presence of a han-traitor character and jiazhi learning jpns it felt v stranded from that historical bg
The erotic scenes dominated the conversations so much during the release of the film that it effectively derailed the impact of this superbly crafted, slow-burning tale of duty and ambition at war with love at its most primal. In Lee’s vision, love tries its damndest but fails to conquer all. And, villains have hearts too. And, ah, those lovemaking scenes...
¿Cómo llegan dos a una cama? ¿Por política, deseo, amor cuando los otros agotan sus coberturas? Ang Lee sabe de esto (Bareback Mountain ; ) y el cine "oriental" (nombre idiota para muchos cines) tiene un erotismo distinto y crudo: verosímil como de gente que sí suda, gime, se asusta y duda sobre matar por revolucionarias razones o sólo por no enamorarse de "el enemigo"... la Revolución China narrada sin dogmas; joya
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.
I for one was disappointed in Ang Lee and the scriptwriter. The teen-age horror flick ploy of "the girl who has sex must die / be punished" is a very tired cliche. Wang Tei and Tony Leung tried their best - no blame to them. The work is really just a Joan Chen/Ang Lee vehicle. BTW, the English cut was totally butchered.