?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Lust|Caution.

I've seen this movie a few times over the last year and I think I'm getting a little obsessed. It's directed by Ang Lee, it's set during WW2 in Shanghai (with some flashbacks to Hong Kong in earlier years). The Japanese have taken control of Shanghai and an agent of the Nationalist resistance becomes involved with a Japanese collaborator in order to enable his assassination.

And now I want to watch every movie ever that has Tony Leung in it because he is the hottest man alive.

(I am hoping to prove that I have the hots for Tony Leung, and not the character he played in Lust|Caution who is not someone you would want to have the hots for, which is probably why Ang Lee cast Tony Leung in that role anyway.)

After all, no matter how many times a day we see, with our own eyes and in our own lives, that beauty and goodness are independent of each other, there's nothing that messes with your head so much as an attractive villain.

So often they're made out to be ugly and undesirable, sometimes they're made out to be too pretty, so pretty and so charming that you can spot their psychopathy a mile off. (On that note, is it just me or does anyone else think there's an as yet undiscovered Tolkein story in which we find out that Legolas likes to bathe in the blood of kittens? Yes, I do think his prettiness is a little OTT.)

Occasionally of course, there's tragedy - where people are moved by forces greater than themselves. Lust|Caution touches on that at various points, but it's not the focus.

Instead we become enmeshed in the relationship between two people. We watch them become vulnerable with each other, build up their own intimate space together, and then make decisions about the external world that put them together. The way it plays out is compelling. And I can't say much more because spoilers. But point is, casting a handsome man is a really important way to mess with the head of the viewer. And to see vulnerability - that's a challenge too.


And it's been about three weeks since the last time I watched it and I've been deliberately not watching it again lest I get weirdly obsessed. I guess it's not working.

But if anyone's thinking of watching it, be warned that it contains graphic rape scenes.

This entry was originally posted at http://splodgenoodles.dreamwidth.org/2571873.html. You may comment here, or there using OpenID if you have no Dreamwidth account.

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
jadeluxe
Mar. 1st, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
So very rarely do I log in to LJ these days - imagine I do so when you're talking about my other husband, Tony Leung. And I have MET him - TWICE - at the Asian Film Awards. I think I'll be in the same room as him again on 24 March for this year's edition! I will blow him a kiss on your behalf.
splodgenoodles
Mar. 1st, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Heavens, hello!

Go for tongue.
splodgenoodles
Mar. 1st, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
AND YES I AM JEALOUS I AM JUST PRETENDING TO BE WITTY AND CALM.
jadeluxe
Mar. 1st, 2015 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah no I thought we were trying to be cool.

I'll dry hump him. It'll be professional.
ozswede
Mar. 1st, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
After you waxed lyrical about this film a while back, I got The Swede to download it and I'm waiting to see it after he's finished reading the book it is based on. I read it last week, so he's on it now - I can't wait to see it as I've really loved the other films Ang Lee has made.

I'll let you have Tony Leung as I have my hands full with Colin Firth (I wish...)
splodgenoodles
Mar. 2nd, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
The only other Ang Lee film I've seen is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon believe it or not. I really must rectify this.

Methinks I also need to read that book.
( 6 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

Penelope intro
splodgenoodles
Affordable Beans

Latest Month

November 2017
S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Jamison Wieser