Ang Lee’s ‘Lust, Caution’ Gets an NC-17


The new film from Ang Lee, director of Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm and Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, has received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Starring Tony Leung and Tang Wei, Lust, Caution (Chinese title: Se jie) is set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II, and concerns a Chinese woman recruited in a plot to seduce and kill an enemy collaborator.

From Hollywood Reporter/CNN:

The Motion Picture Assn. of America’s ratings board cited the film’s graphic sexuality for its decision. A source said too many of the film’s sex scenes violated the ratings board’s unwritten rules (like the number of allowable pelvic thrusts, for example) to make an appeal possible.

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.”

The film’s distributor, Flexible Features, er, Focus Features, said they would not appeal the decision or recut the movie. Lust, Caution will screen at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in the next few weeks, then will open in NYC before going to “select cities” on Oct. 5.

Image via Wikipedia.


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