Hope Abandoned

ANG LEE'S ‘LUST, CAUTION'

Beautiful. Suspenseful. Sensual. Psychologically acute. All these words apply to Lust, Caution. But one more must be added: desolating. Indeed, this latest production by the amazingly versatile Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; The Hulk; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) might be the feel-bad movie of the year. I urge you to steel yourself to see it.

The setting is World War II China suffering at the hands of Japanese invaders. In still...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.