Realisateur: Ang Lee
Les acteurs: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tang Wei, Lee-Hom Wang, Joan Chen
Pays: Chine, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Etats-Unis
Seducing the enemy is a dangerous game. When passion comes in and the surge of human desire sets in, a little caution should arise from the situation.
Ang Lee goes back to his roots and this film seems not only more significant for him but also for me. I often enjoy seeing how realisateurs (directors) give us a peek of how they see their own culture through their own means, a somewhat irresistible sense of subjectivity in every frame. It's just amazing.
In this tale of infidelity, deceit, crime, and passion, Ang Lee delivers a stylish rendition of Shanghai in the WWII years. Wong Chi Chia is a regular student until she joins a patriotic theater group at her university then they turn to a hot pursuit over the enemy of the resistance, government official Mr. Yee (Tony Leung). Wong Chi Chia then becomes Mak Tai Tai and lures herself into Yee's life pursuits. As usual Tony Leung was at his best and he's just one actor you'll never tire of as he always transcends his roles. I remember watching In The Mood for Love and Wong Chi Min was in my every word and deed for days. He has this approach into making these characters he portrays come to life. Wang Tei also makes a stunning debut. The great surprise was Wang Lee-hom aka the Taiwanese popstar wound up in an Ang Lee feature. Maybe he's en route to a more serious film career. Remember Takeshi Kaneshiro started out as a popstar but look at him now.
If one would ask me to sum up everything I have to say about Lust, Caution I'd say it was a good film perhaps a 4/5 rating. It was sleek, dramatic, but it lacked that certain sense of outré-ness which I have been so fixated with these past few months (and this happens every time I watch a film). The best cinematic achievement or shall I say a moving work of art are the love scenes between Mr. Yee and Mak Tai Tai. I swear you have to watch it in order to understand how overwhelming and breathtaking the love scenes were. It's just brilliant! You know the feeling that's like it's too beautiful for words you'd simply say you love it but words run dry so you can't explain it in full detail. That's how it is.