Lust, Caution

(2007)

The film, based on a 26-page short story by famed Chinese writer Eileen Chang, is about a group of patriotic students who plot to assassinate the intelligence chief in the Japanese-backed Chinese government during the World War II era.

‘Lust, Caution’ Sizzles to DVD on February 19th

Get a slice of some lust AND some caution on DVD.

Lust, Caution will be released on DVD on February 19. The Ang Lee-directed film will be available in either the R-rated version or the NC-17 version, which runs four minutes longer. The disc is priced at $29.99 SRP. The film stars Hong Kong star Tony Leung and newcomer Tang Wei.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ang Lee Talks ‘Lust, Caution’

Ang Lee walks into the hotel room looking like a man who hasn't slept for weeks. He's flown from Toronto, to Venice, to New York in a matter of two days. Why all the globetrotting? Because in the middle of premiering Lust, Caution in Toronto, it's announced that he's won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the esteemed Venice Film Festival. This is the second win for Lee. He also won in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain. Lust, Caution is an ultra-explicit, sordid espionage thriller set in World War II Shanghai. Tang Wei, astonishing in her debut film, stars as a young woman recruited to seduce and kill a murderous Japanese collaborater during the occupation. It is beautiful and tragic, and yes, totally deserving of the NC-17 rating. Watch the exclusive interview below!

Despite his exhaustion, Ang Lee was forthcoming and congenial in our interview. The man, despite all his accolades and success, is a humble artist at heart. He speaks at length about casting the unknown Tang Wei opposite Tony Leung, a titan of modern Asian cinema. He also spoke about how the NC-17 rating will affect the film. It may hinder the box office release, but he won't alter his vision to get it into a few more theaters. And his distributor, Focus Features, agrees with him. Lust, Caution will be hard to find. But like any treasure, the payoff is worth it. Lust, Caution is another masterpiece from one of the greatest artists of our day.

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Stephen Sommers Will Direct ‘G.I. Joe’

After much speculation and rumor, it is now official. According to Variety, Stephen Sommers is indeed directing a big screen adaptation of the G.I. Joe cartoon show from the 80s, which was based on a set of Hasbro action figures.

A writer is being hired immediately. The film is set to go into production in February for a Summer 09 release date.

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Ang Lee's ‘Lust, Caution’ Gets an NC-17 Rating

Ang Lee, the director who pushed boundaries with his controversial Brokeback Mountain, has just earned an NC-17 rating for his latest film Lust, Caution. According to Variety, Focus Features, the studio behind the erotic espionage thriller, is okay with releasing it as-is.

The film will premier at the Toronto Fest. Then it wil play Gotham on September 28th. It will expand to additional cities on October 5th.

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Watch Ang Lee's ‘Lust, Caution’ Trailer

Director Ang Lee's new film, Lust, Caution, following his Academy Award win for directing Brokeback Mountain, is an espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai. Asian cinema icon Tony Leung (Hero, In the Mood for Love) stars as Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure in 1940s Shanghai. Tang Wei, a rising star in mainland China, makes her feature film debut as Wang Jiazhi, a young woman who gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with Mr. Yee.

The film arrives in theatres on September 28th, 2007.

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Joan Chen Joins the Cast of Ang Lee's ‘Lust, Caution’

Chinese actress Joan Chen (The Last Emperor and the television series Twin Peaks) has joined the cast of director Ang Lee's movie Lust, Caution, according to The Associated Press.

The movie, based on a 26-page short story by famed Chinese writer Eileen Chang, is about a group of patriotic students who plot to assassinate the intelligence chief in the Japanese-backed Chinese government during the World War II era.

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Ang Lee Secures Tang Wei and Tony Leung For ‘Lust, Caution’

Tony Leung and newcomer Tang Wei have been cast as the leads in the World War II espionage thriller, Lust, Caution for Focus Features.

The film, directed and produced by Ang Lee, is based on the short story written by the late Chinese author Eileen Chang, where a main character tries to seduce and assassinate a Chinese spy working for the Japanese government. The Hollywood Reporter notes Leung stars as a powerful Shanghai politician who becomes entangled with a young woman (Tang); also part of the cast is Chinese pop idol and actor Wang Lee Homeen cast, who will play a student involved with the woman.

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