Friday, 21 September 2007

LUST! CAUTION! ANG! LEE! TONY! LEUNG!



Lust, Caution.
色, 戒
Not a Review.
SEX!
LIES!
LOVE!
DECEIT!
BETRAYAL!
ASSASSINATIONS!
PATRIOTISM!
SACRIFICE!
TORTURE!
BONDAGE!
MAHJUNG!
IPOH!
BOLLYWOOD ACTOR!
ANG LEE!
TANG WEI! (Who?)
WANG LEEHOM!
TONY LEUNG!



All the caps intended to make the movie sound more interesting.
Which it is.
But it's a bit slow.
And may not be everyone's cup of tea.
No green superheroes smashing up tanks.
No fancy swordfights in bamboo forests.
No gay cowboys banging in the mountains.
Just... a lot of talking.
A lot of plotting.
A lot of dramatic silences.
Lingering shots of quivering lips.
Some violent sex scenes (yeah right as if you'll get to see that in the cinema).
Some artistic shots of Tony Leung crying and being sadistic.
Some gratuitious shots of Wang Leehom looking like the pretty boy he is.



Awesome acting though.
Tony Leung is awesomely severe-looking.
I wouldn't want to meet this version of him in a torture chamber.
Tang Wei is pretty brilliant.
Her acting is superb, almost as good as Tony Leung.
Character damn tragic, but very gutsy.
Like, "Screw you guys, why should I be the only one?"
Wang Leehom's Mandarin a bit shite though.
All he does is stand around looking pretty.
Some shots are in Ipoh and Penang.
But I donno which one.
All the locations look the same to me.
Accents also damn hard to catch,
Especially since I watched with no subtitles.
Did I mention it's in Mandarin?
And some Cantonese, English, Shanghainese and even some Tamil.
Anyway...
Don't watch this movie if you are feeling sleepy.
Don't watch this movie if you are looking for laughs.
Don't watch this movie if you are looking for action.
Don't watch this movie if you are looking for giant robots.
It's one of those movies you know you should watch,
But you never know when to watch it,
Because you never seem to be in the mood to watch it.
But watch it you should.
And watch it in the cinema.
It's better that way, trust me.

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