Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's erotic espionage thriller, Lust, Caution, has been given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, signaling to parents that the film may be inappropriate for audiences age 17 and younger, and restricting admission to only those 18 and older. The film earned the MPAA's strict rating because of "some explicit sexuality."
Focus Features, which will premiere the movie today at the Venice Film Festival, issued a statement yesterday by Chief Executive James Schamus pointing out that the company has accepted the rating without protest. Schamus co-wrote the screenplay with Wang Hui Ling.
Based on a short story by Eileen Chang, the Mandarin-language film is set against the backdrop of World War II and Japan's occupation of the Chinese city of Shanghai. The plot revolves around a group of Chinese students who plan to assassinate a Japanese collaborator .
The film stars Tony Leung, Tang Wei, Joan Chen and Wang Leehom.
Lee previously directed such films as Brokeback Mountain, for which he won the Academy Award for best director, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Lust, Caution will be released Sept. 28 in New York and open wider Oct. 5 in selected cities.