Watching the sex scenes in Ang Lee’s spy thriller Lust, Caution can be hazardous to your health. So say doctors in China, who are warning viewers that they’re risking injury if they try to emulate the movie’s acrobatic couplings. (They risk infection as well, since the sex scenes are available only on pirated copies that are especially likely to leave a virus on downloaders’ hard drives.) Good thing Chinese censors have trimmed the sex scenes from theatrical prints; imagine the injuries if moviegoers tried out those positions in cramped theater seats.
No doubt Lust, Caution‘s distributors wish the doctors had issued their dangerous-sex warning two months ago, when the NC-17-rated movie (left) was struggling at the U.S. box office. After all, you can’t buy that kind of publicity.
Other 2007 movies probably should come with health warnings as well. For instance, naked knife-fighting à la Viggo Mortensen (right) in Eastern Promises? Not a good idea. Also, even though you’ll be tempted to do so on Thanksgiving, you probably shouldn’t eat as much pie as the characters in Waitress do. Finally, while it’s depicted as a relatively safe activity in Spider-Man 3, you might not want to risk listening to Kirsten Dunst singing in real life. Any other ’07 releases that need a disclaimer? Speak now, if only for the sake of your fellow PopWatchers!
addCredit(“Lust, Caution: Tony Leung and Tang Wei”)