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Pushing Chinese Taboos in 'Lust, Caution'

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Pushing Chinese Taboos in 'Lust, Caution'

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Pushing Chinese Taboos in 'Lust, Caution'

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Tang Wei stars in Lust, Caution, a film by Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee. Chan Kam Chuen/Focus Features hide caption

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Film critic John Powers reviews Ang Lee's film, Lust, Caution, which was recently released on DVD. Set in 1942, during the Japanese occupation of China, the film tells the story of a resistance fighter who has an affair with a Chinese collaborator.

John Powers says that Lust Caution pushes against Chinese taboos. In fact, censors in China insisted that some of the film's more racy scenes be cut before it could be shown in the country. In the U.S., the film drew an NC-17 rating, though a toned-down R-rated version is also available on DVD.

Lee's other films include Sense and Sensibility and Brokeback Mountain, for which he earned an Academy Award for best director.