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Movie Review: Lust, Caution October 11, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews.

reviewblogpic1.jpgMovie Review: Lust, Caution

Alternate Title: Sex, Lies and Espionage

Story: Director Ang Lee challenges his audiences. He paints beautiful canvas’ in all of his films and this award winning one is no exception. His skill is such that he adeptly transports us to the time and place of his films. This time out is the Japanese occupation of China. It takes place mostly in Shanghai from 1938 to 1942. The screenplay is by James Schamus and Wang Hui-Ling and is based on the short story by Eileen Chang.

A college age group of theater students try to fight the occupation through patriotic dramatic works. They graduate to real espionage when they try to assassinate the Chinese collaborators who align with the Japanese and murder the members of the Chinese Resistance. The youngest, most beautiful member of the group does the heavy lifting and risks the most when she becomes the lover of the most notorious collaborator.

The buzz and whispers about the sex scenes are true. It received an NC-17 rating because the sex is wild, heavy, hot and leaves little to the imagination. However, it is not at all gratuitous. Ang Lee clearly demonstrates what people will do during war time and the sex scenes are perhaps the only time in the film when emotions are truly out in the open.

This film demands patience from the audience. Lee takes a long time to tell the story but if you sit back, enjoy the detail, watch the incredible acting and the beautiful cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto time will go quickly for you.

Read the whole review on this 8 Lobo Howls film including these categories: Acting,  Predilection, Critters, Food, Sex Spectrum, Soundtrack, Opening Titles, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Weather, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level,Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.



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