Maybe you're wondering what director Ang Lee has been up to since "Brokeback Mountain." Thursday I got to see his new one, called "Lust, Caution." This is a Chinese film with subtitles that clocks in at 2:40, so you know we're already in trouble. It looks great, but after a few minutes the film drifts into endless talk. It's quite dull as the whole Japanese occupation of Shanghai circa 1938 is explained.
Luckily, around 1:15 things perk up. That's when Tony Leung, playing a fictional Chinese corrupt powerbroker, sodomizes newcomer Tang Wei, a beautiful young woman who's spying on him by trying to seduce him. Now we have a movie.
What follows, at around 1:35, is a lot of graphic sexual intercourse between the two actors, the kind that earned them an NC-17 rating.
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