An alluring drama of romance, politics, love, deadly missions, and betrayal sets in from director Ang Lee. Based on the book “Lust, Caution”, the epic saga in an era of various dilemmas brings to light the story of a young lady. In 1938, during the second Sino-Japanese a lady named Wong Chai Chi travels all the way from Shanghai to Hong Kong to join Lingnan University. As she gets along with the students and classes, she is fascinated to join a drama club led by a male student Kuang Yun Min.
It is to kill a puppet leader called Mr. Yee. She took up a role of seducing Mr. Yee into a place where he has to be assassinated, but before that happens, he backs out at the last minute after knowing the plan and shifts to Shanghai. Three years later in Shanghai, Chai meets Kuang who is still after the plot. Chai engages in the plot and her relationship with Mr. Yee takes another course. Tired of the sexual relationship she has with Mr. Yee he tells Kuang to attack. After a period of time, Mr. Yee is attacked to be killed but flees after being notified by Chai. At the end, Chai and other attackers have to be killed since they planned a coup.
Lust, Caution is written by Eileen Chang (story), and James Schamus (screenplay). It stars Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Joan Chen, Wei Tang, Lawrence Ko, Leehon Wang, Zhi-Ying Zhu, Yan Su, and Chung-Hua Tou. It is a Chinese movie filmed in China and Malaysia. It was one of the major breakthroughs in 2007 though its sexual content (scenes) had to be cut before the movie could be released in some countries. The movie got an NC-17 rating in the USA for the sexual scenes.
On its release, it won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, best film, best director, best original film score, and an outstanding award to Ang Lee. It was one of the highest grossing films in 2007 in China and worldwide. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is one of the Hong Kong’s best actors with a recognized character worldwide. Hong Kong’s film industry still rivals as one of the best film industry in the world.