Lust, Caution

Synopsis: Frustrated in his attempts to assassinate Yee, who is an important official in Japanese-ruled Shanghai, Old Wu, who has lost his wife and two sons as well as two women who had attempted to seduce Yee, now recruits Kuang, Mai Tai Tai, and their troupe of drama students from Hong Kong University in yet another attempt to do away with Yee. Mai Tai Tai is chosen to befriend Yee, which she does by posing as the wife of Mak, befriending Yee's wife and her female friends, and then eventually befriending Yee himself. Even though both get together, they do end up going separate ways, only to meet again four years later. This time Mai is all set to entrap Yee at Chandni Chowk Jewellers which is owned by an East Indian man named Khalid Saiduddin. The question does remain: Will she and her troupe succeed?
Director(s): Ang Lee
Production: Focus Features
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 51 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
157 min

Next round!

Now that we've moved to paradise, there's nothing to eat.

[This is a play on words, a phrase used in mahjong]

Speaking of moving, I forgot to congratulate you

on Mr. Liang's promotion.

Can you even call that a promotion? He only supervises the rations.

You can't even get rice from India now.

Those in charge of rice are more powerful than those who guard the treasury.

Mrs. Yee is right.

Me? I'm not a living Buddha.

But you should listen to me.

If he takes a consignment, he won't be home for 3 days.

You'll be free then.

I don't have the time.

His relatives are always coming around.

They pack the place, even the corridors.

I'll take that. [mahjong terminology]

I still have to settle their meals.

It's not even as though I'm getting paid for this.


Don't mislead Mrs. Mak

into thinking government officials

are the tiles we're playing with now.

Isn't that so?

The Japanese would never have thought that,

even the emperor gets henpecked.

Eat while it's hot.

I can't eat any more, I'm getting fat...

Everyone hoards up stuff now.

Since we can't do anything else, just hoard up fat then.

What else is good to stock up on, Mrs. Yee?

You know my husband is in the import business.

I'll take that! [mahjong terminology]

Even though Hong Kong has fallen,

the ships still need to call.

I'll eat that. [mahjong terminology]

Western medicine.

The last shipment sold out very quickly.

He should get more of them.

I heard you went to Shu Yu yesterday?

Yes, with some others. Mrs. Mak hasn't been there before.

It's embarrassing that I haven't.

There're two new branches in Hong Kong.

The Sichuan and Hong Kong chefs couldn't get along,

and besides Hong Kongers can't take spicy food.

Isn't it spicy?

Yes, it really was.

9 Wan [mahjong terminology]

2 Wan.

I'll take that.

Mrs. Mak didn't go yesterday?

She hasn't come for a few days.

I had things to take care at home.

Since you had enough players, I decided to take a break.

An excuse to hide eh?

Who was it who said she wasn't free a few days ago over the phone?

That day doesn't count, I went to fetch Mrs. Mak.

You can ask her if you don't believe me.

I specially chose to treat you to a meal that day, Mrs. Mak.

She did it deliberately.

I'll take that tile.

Do you still have more of those stockings?

Yes, but I gave them all away.

If you want I can bring more the next time.


Goods are running scarce in Shanghai.

There's even a black market for soap and toothpaste.

You should come more often.

There's a place for you to stay.

I think he's had enough.

The Kempeitai (Japanese Military Police) will demand for him.

They didn't specify whether he should be dead or alive.

Just give it to him.

How will you account to Miura?

They're investigating the arms the Americans supplied to Chongqing.

I'll meet him tonight.

His secretary called to say today's dinner was cancelled.

He wants you to report directly to headquarters tomorrow.

You're not returning to the office today?

I still have an appointment.

My relatives asked someone to get some from the Russians.

Rings, jewels from the aristocracy.

They're begging for cigarette butts on the streets.

Afraid of getting fakes.

You women started early today.

That's a good hand you have.

Mr. Yee is here to show his support. turn?

That's a good one you have.

How many carats is yours, three carats?

What do you think of this? I tire of it.

It's no longer fashionable, I was thinking of getting it changed.

Pin Fen has new stock.

There's a new five carat one.

It's large, but not as bright as yours.

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James Schamus

James Allan Schamus (born September 7, 1959) is an American award-winning screenwriter, co-founder of Good Machine production company, and the CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company, until its merging with FilmDistrict. more…

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