Lust, Caution (2007) 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… 2007-09-28 NC-17 PT158M Drama Foreign Language Romance Joan Chen Tony Leung Chiu Wai Focus Features
Movie Review

Lust, Caution (2007)

MPAA Rating: NC-17
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Sep 28, 2007; Rated: NC-17; Length: 158 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language, Romance; With: Joan Chen and Tony Leung Chiu Wai; Distributor: Focus Features

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.

Originally posted Oct 05, 2007 Published in issue #958 Oct 12, 2007 Order article reprints