Color us excited. The “Lust, Caution” trailer is out!
“Lust, Caution” is the latest from Ang Lee, the Chinese director best known for turning cowboys gay (Brokeback Mountain) and Ziyi Zhang into an international superstar (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon). Based on a novella of the same name by grand dame of Shanghai fiction, Eileen Chang, “Lust, Caution” depicts love and betrayal in Japan-occupied and espionage-riddled 1940’s Shanghai. Lee’s crew filmed on location in the Nanhui District, eventually building an 800-meter replica of 40’s-era Nanjing Rd inside Shanghai Film Studio’s lot.
Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love, 2046) will take the lead as Mr. Yee, a powerful turncoat working for the Japanese, who finds himself increasingly entangled with a young student activist played by Beijing newcomer Tang Wei. Twin Peaks star Joan Chen (claim to fame: was “discovered” by Chairman Mao’s wife at a riflery club in Beijing, which just might be the most surreal career-launch ever) and A.B.C. singer/songwriter Alexander Lee-Hom Wong also star. Add an original score by Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, The Painted Veil) and we’re pretty much in line for tickets, already.
“Lust, Caution” will screen at the Venice Film Festival at the end of August, followed by a September 28 American release. Chinese distribution is in the air; censors may take issue with sexual and/or political content.
YouTube: Press Conference for Lust, Caution (Chinese only)
Jakob Montrasio: Old Shanghai in Ang Lee’s New Movie
Monkey Peaches: Lust, Caution (for those ‘lusting’ for pictures and behind-the-scenes details)