Ang Lee’s (李安) 2007 film Lust, Caution <色，戒> was as controversial as it was famous. Though the film single-handedly propelled actress Tang Wei (湯唯) to overnight fame, it was also the movie that pushed China’s movie industry to ban Tang Wei due to her explicit sex scenes with Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉). The sex scenes appeared so realistic that many viewers were convinced that Tony and Tang Wei really performed it.
While promoting the film at the time, both Tang Wei and Tony insisted that the sex scenes in the film were the result of clever filmmaking and camera tricks. Now that it’s been ten years since the film’s inception, both actors are ready to open up a bit more about Lust, Caution’s filming process.
Tony had always been quite transparent about his mental state during the film’s production. He has mentioned that Lust, Caution was one of the most emotionally-taxing films that he has ever done, and at one point, Ang Lee had to ask Tony’s wife, Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), to convince him to continue doing the film.
On working with Tony, Tang Wei praised Tony as a “very professional actor” and that he “didn’t use a body double,” seeming to apply that the explicit love scenes in the film were real, rather than the result of clever camera angles. The scenes were performed in a private studio, with the presence of only Ang Lee and the cameraman.
“I’m so lucky to have worked with [Tony],” said Tang Wei.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.