Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Lust, Caution

Posted on

Lust, Caution

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
NC-17
runtime:
158 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/28/07
performer:
Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
director:
Ang Lee
distributor:
Focus Features
author:
Wang Hui-Ling, James Schamus
genre:
Foreign Language, Romance, Drama

We gave it a C+

In Ang Lee’s painfully high-toned erotic drama, Tony Leung, as a repressed Shanghai government minister, and Tang Wei, as the student resistance fighter who seduces him as part of an assassination plot, have an avid sensual glow during their sex scenes. The rest of the time, this is like a ’40s thriller made sedate and gorgeous and remote.