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Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" is NC-17

Posted: August 24th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Variety reports that the MPAA has given Ang Lee's Toronto-bound "Lust, Caution" an NC-17 rating, and Focus Features has accepted it. Based on Eileen Chang's short story about a shy Chinese drama student drawn into an assassination plot against a Japanese collaborator during WWII, the erotic espionage thriller will open in New York on September 28th and will expand to additional markets on October 5th.

Focus screened the final cut for the MPAA late Wednesday afternoon and accepted the rating the same day. "As with so many of his previous films, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has crafted a masterpiece about and for grown-ups," Focus CEO James Schamus said.

It is rare for a studio, or even a studio's niche division, to release an NC-17, and doubly so on an awards hopeful like "Lust, Caution." Studios often fight the designation, which is considered bad for business, due to the fact that certain newspapers restrict advertising of NC-17, among other factors.

In many cases, studios cut films to avoid the rating. Films as varied as "Eyes Wide Shut," "American Pie," "Happiness" and "Saw" all were re-edited after the MPAA threatened an NC-17.

Click here to read more about "Lust, Caution."

Source: Variety


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