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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Joan Chen
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tang Wei
Leehom Wang
Directors
Ang Lee
Screenwriters
James Schamus
Hui-Ling Wang
Running Time
158 minutes

Lust, Caution
Spying and sex in Ang Lee’s latest genre-hop


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Lust, Caution

Plot
The year is 1942 in occupied Shanghai, and a society woman walks into a café and makes a phone call. In flashback, we discover that she is Wong Chia Chi (Tang), a drama student turned spy on a secret mission to facilitate the assassination of Mr Yee (Leung), a hated collaborator.


Verdict
A beautifully rendered, long, drawn-out but ultimately very satisfying story of betrayal and revenge in an uneasy setting of wartime paranoia.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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