PLOT : This beautiful film by Ang Lee is set in Japan-occupied China during World War II. It tells the story of shy Wong Chai Chi who joins a drama group at university devoted to patriotic plays. And she is soon swept in a political plot to assassinate the mysterious Japanese collaborator Mr Yee by the charismatic troupe leader Kuang Yu Min. Wong is given the task of seducing Mr Yee. She does this by pretending to be Mrs Mak whose husband is in the import / export business and slowly gaining the trust of Mr Yee’s wife. The plan goes accordingly at first but they are soon forced to commit a horrible crime and are forced to disband and abandon their plan. Wong moves back to Hong Kong and is drifting along when she meets up with Kuang again who tells her it’s not over yet. So Wong goes back to being Mrs Mak and as she is swept along the deadly plot she must hold on to her own identity and pull of her greatest performance and choose between love and loyalty to the cause.
What’s right with it :
* The chemistry between the leads Tang Wei (Wong) and Tony Leung (Mr Yee) is scintillating and they make a great and compelling couple.
*It’s beautifully shot
*Wong’s outfits are to die for.
*The sex/love/lust scenes are very beautiful and erotic and as explicit as they are ; you never feel uncomfortable
What’s wrong with it :
*It’s a bit long , almost 3 hours long. So patience.
*If you don’t like subtitles this is not for you. *Not enough lust
* Er..Please don’t try these sex positions at home. Cosmo -sutra this ain’t
Final thought : I love this movie. Its billed as a thriller/ espionage film but for me it’s a love story. A coming of age of sorts for both of them. They both fall in love and lust for the first time and let themselves be carried away by their feelings even to the final and tragic conclusion. The language is beautiful and lyrical too. I found myself listening to what was said even though I don’t speak or understand a word of Mandarin. Watch it 🙂
Final Final Thought: Should you watch this film with your Mum?
Answer : No