Monday, July 02, 2007

Inspired by the Motion Picture (Lust, Caution)

This blog is a teensy bit anxious for Ang Lee's new picture Lust, Caution to arrive. September 28th is so very far away. 89 days not that I'm counting. The picture stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai (sigh). The cast also features the well known Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) as Tony's wife. The younger players are newcomer Tang Wei (who got a lot of screentime in Focus Features clipreel --and from the synopsis & trailer she appears to be the narrative lead) and Wang Lee-Hom who we're gazing at and talking about today.

Woody Zhou's blog posted Lee-Hom's newest music video. (Thanks to TFE reader Tony for the heads up!) Why do I point this out when so many Asian actors double as popstars and this 31 year old singer/actor has made plenty o' videos?

Well, here's the off kilter and interesting cinematic connection: This latest song is "inspired by" Lust, Caution (though it does not appear in the movie) and I'm hearing the music and lyrics are credited to "Kuang Y.M." which happens to be his character's name in the upcoming movie. A little synergy there. I'm also hearing that Ang Lee's current favored cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain) shot this video.

The Wang Lee-Hom music video "Luo Ye Gwe Geng" to your left. The Lust, Caution trailer to your right.


Glenn Dunks said...

Ooh, I love the trailer for Lust, Caution.

Good thing is that countries like Taiwan aren't weird when it comes to submitting films for the Foreign Language category. They know they have their best chance with an Ang Lee movie so they submit it. Unlike places like France or Spain.

Emma said...

Go Prieto.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, I'm just as anxious. Any truth to the rumour that Wang Lee-Hom is "on our team"? Also, sad to hear about the death of the other great Taiwanese director Edward Yang.

Chinese Odyssey said...

I like Lee-hom's music, but loathe every film he did before. According to one of Ang Lee's interview, Lee-hom is the one that surprised him most, and has enough screentime to be a co-lead.

Have you seen "eat drink man woman"? Tang Wei was introduced to Ang Lee because her resemblance with Wu Chien-Lien, the one who played the second daughter.

Anonymous said...

See this post is a great example of why I read your blog. You can go from this to Lindsay and make it work somehow. It's incredible.

I'm now dying to see Lust, Caution and I didn't even know mister Lee had a new film coming out.

Keep it coming.