Lee throws cau­tion to the wind

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Hav­ing caused quite a stir with Broke­back Moun­tain, Ang Lee is court­ing con­tro­versy again with Lust, Cau­tion. It’s one of those rare movies that will go on US re­lease with the re­stric­tive NC-17 rat­ing. Many US news­pa­pers refuse to carry ads for films with that rat­ing. Among the movies that were trimmed to avoid the NC-17 tag were Eyes Wide Shut, Amer­i­can Pie, Hap­pi­ness and Team Amer­ica: World Po­lice, while films re­leased with the rat­ing in­clude The Dream­ers, Re­quiem for a Dream and Show­girls.

As usual, it is sex­ual con­tent rather than vi­o­lence that has landed Lust, Cau­tion with the NC-17, and the Toronto fes­ti­val pro­gramme note de­scribes it as “highly sex­u­ally charged”. Star­ring Tony Leung and Tang Wei, it’s set in Shang­hai dur­ing the sec­ond World War. It opens in Ire­land next Jan­uary.

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