Gilbert Cruz
February 29, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

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 B

The title does not lie: Beware, viewer, semi-graphic sex awaits! Yet there’s so much more to Ang Lee’s Chinese-language follow-up to Brokeback Mountain than the vigorous rutting that drew attention upon its release. In an astounding breakout performance, Tang Wei plays a Chinese World War II student revolutionary who — like Ingrid Bergman in Notorious — must use her body to get close to an enemy (Leung). While lacking Brokeback‘s tenderness, Lust, Caution conveys the melancholy of a love that cannot survive. EXTRAS A boilerplate featurette, full of ”Everyone’s so talented”-type platitudes. B

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