Went to Gateway last friday to watch Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution”.

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Hmmm.. lust… caution…one of the inscrutable chinoiserie artfilm title translation ba itu? Pero tama naman deva? May kasabihan nga… “first impression, lust!” At pag “lust” ang first impression mo, later pa as in very much later pa bago pumasok ang “caution”. Charos!

Achulee di naman puro kalibugan ang “Lust, Caution” sabi nga sa summary the movie is…

An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi (Tang Wei), gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung)

Saaaaaaaay!

Pero syempre una kong nabalitaan ang movie dahil sa walang pakundangang kyongkangang pinerform ng mga bida. But of course i went to see the movie not because the the explicit depiction of sexual relations but the emotional upheaval and mental anguish that the protagonists underwent just to suvive Shanghai circa WWII as painted on the silver screen by one of best cinematic auteur of all time.

eklavu.

Inbangan ko nga yung kangkangan.

Mabagal ang movie, puno ng atmospheric eklavu but sabi nga good things come to those who wait. Antagal naman ng kangkangan paksyet. In the process I was drawn into the movie. Isang mahabang wala-lang mahjong scene opened the film and established na this experience would be a study in patience which Ang Lee would reward later on.Based sa reviews, hati ang critics who liked and disliked the movie. di naman ako critic, basta alam ko after settling in, hindi na ako bumitiw.

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Promising ang kangkangan ng dalawang itu later de va? Wait ang bakla…

Anyways, ang pohtah’ng lulurki ay involved sa propaganda theayter-theayter to boost the nationalistic fire of the hongkong chinoisserie to free china na controlado ng collaborationist chinese goverment under the imperialist japonese army. Pero wishing siya happy dun. Feel niya na jumoin s aguerilla forces at talagang chumugi ng mga chines na collaborators.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/i.imdb.com/Photos/Ss/0808357/th-9991.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.At ang napili niyang target ay itetchiwang guraming Mr. Yee na ito na top level official ng collaborationist government. Kinarisma ni lulurki ang theayter group niya para magpanggap para mainfiltrate ang balur ni Mr Yee and get close enough para personal nilang machuginess itong si Mr. Yee.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1174361/photo_30_thumb.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Super transform si Jiazhi at acting na acting as na rich young matron para maging mahjong amiga ng bored wife ng Mr. Yee. Using her ganda, the plan was to infiltrate the tight security at aakitin niya si Yee to bring her home at dun nila chuchugiin ang villain.

Kaso sobrang careful si Yee maski na sobrang lust siya, super caution pa rin at never pumasok sa balur/hideout ng mga bagets. They came so near success na they asked Jiazhi na pumayag na maging kabit ni Yee, meaning magpakyongkang itu sa gurami….

Kaso may problema. Ang pakilala niya married na siya, eh virgin pa pala ang pohtah. So in the name of the revolution nagpa-virgin siya… pero leche, hindi kay cutie kung sa another guy na kunsino lang. As in super practice siya to the Kamasutric level para malurki si Yee sa kanya… under the sheet. Wishing pa ito ang momentous kyongkangan.

Nang feeling beterana kabayora na si Jiazhi at ready nang maging kabitchina ni Yee, aba call ang Mrs. Yee at leave na daw silang mag-asawa dahil nadestino si Mr. Yee elsewhere. Kairita de ba? whishing na yung feel mong guy ang naka-virgin sa iyo, nabalewala pa yung dahilan ng sacrifice mo.

Tapos, in what i felt was the most moving sequence sa movie, pinuntahan sila ng drivam ng Mr. Yee na bukelya palang mga amateur na fakes sila at threatened na isusuplong sila kung wishing ipakakangkang sa kanya…at pushed to the boiling point, they killed the drivam. As in lahat yata sila may moment ok saksak to the drivam, except for Jiazhi na emote at super run for her life hanggang super graphics na… three years later... antagal niyang tumakbo no?

3 years later, mas purita na ang buhay at balik anonymous na naman ang Jiazhi at umapir na naman si yummy Yu Min at nirerecruit na naman siya. This time, fullfledge guerilla naman pala ang yummy guy pati na rin ang ibang kasamahan nila. Nabalitaan nilang babalik sa lugar nila si Mr. Yee at ang plano was ituloy nila ang nauntol ng mission nila to chuginess Yee and this time better prepared sila dahil supported na sila ng guerilla movement.

At pumayag ang loka. What people would do for cuteness de ba?

The image “https://i1.wp.com/images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1174361/photo_06_thumb.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Anyways so balik si Jiazhi sa rich matron look ang super seduction of Mr. Yee na mas malakas na ang lust kesa sa caution this time… at ayun… natuloy ang major kangkangan! Eto na yun!!!

At wishing na ako nalibugan sa eksena which was the intention naman yata talaga ni Ang Lee. Explicit siya kung sa explicit pero exploitative it was not. Basta hindi gratuitious ang kangkangan promise.

Anyways, fabulosa ang kangkangan, it went deeper than pampalipas kati kay Yee o means of espionage for Jiazhi… it’s a “sabeeeeel this must be love!!!” moment for both maski super pigil ang sila dahil nga, hello… caution…

I wont reveal na the ending basta it was worth the wait… maski heavy rather than uplift. Kasi, tama lang ang ending, posible talagang mangyari at hindi sugarcoated for the movies. Lust, Caution may not be a classic in the making but it is definitely superb filmmaking.

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