Lust, Caution (2007): 5/5
The title says it all, really. In order to indulge in the former, they must give up being the latter, and in doing so we are thrown into a dark drama / espionage thriller. Set in WWII-era in Shanghai, a young college student gets mixed in a myriad of emotions with powerful political figure Mr. Yee (Tony Leung).
I had the pleasure of seeing this movie yesterday without knowing anything about its plot, and to those who are about to see it well, keep it that way in case you haven’t spoiled it for yourself yet. What got me was the strange iffy relationship between Mak tai tai (i am so forgetful of their names in the movie haha) and Mr. Yee..,it’s so dangerously wrong but you can’t overlook the subtle sweetness in it. it’s not a movie about endless trysts, nor is Lust, Caution a period flick. It straddles the fence between negative emotions of hate, lust, anger, frustration and sprinkles them all with excellent cinematography and a brilliant score. A rarity, this is!