I can’t wait to see Ang Lee’s new movie, “Se Jie” or “Lust, Caution,” an erotic spy thriller set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. More to the point, I can’t wait to see more of his new actress Wei Tang.”Lust, Caution” will be released in the U.S. on September 28, and it is much anticipated. The film just yesterday won the Golden Lion award (top prize) at the Venice Film Festival. Wei Tang herself is described in today’s New York Times (in “Breaking Through,” an article about new actors), as “the sort of deeply expressive actress who can look ordinary one moment and utterly captivating the next.” Much of the movie deals with her transformation from innocent to seductress and spy, and there are some very hot sex scenes (including “explicit sodomy,” according to some sources). In fact, the movie has an NC-17 rating. CNN says that “sources who have seen the film said it contains at least three scenes — one a long montage — featuring multiple acts of aggressive sexual activity in different positions. There’s no full-frontal male nudity (the source of some NC-17 rulings when shown in sex scenes), but male-on-female oral sex, non-S&M restraints and several nontraditional sexual positions are depicted, conveying the aggression and emotional conflict between the main characters. When asked if anyone was shown, say, upside down, one viewer said, “It depends on where you’re standing. They’re very flexible.”
Despite all the buzz, it is hard to find biographical information about Wei Tang. An article from china.org.cn reports that “she was born in 1979, in Zhejiang Province, and graduated from the directing department of the Central Academy of Drama. For her performance in the TV movie, Policewoman Yanzi, she won CCTV Movie Channel’s Lily Award for best female role.”
I can’t wait to learn more!
Photo from International Herald Tribune showing Ang Lee with Wei Tang.
Wei Tang with costar Tony Leung in Venice.
Photo from china.org.cn.
UPDATE: Jeff was kind enough to supply us with some screenshots of the film! 🙂