Lust, Caution

Linda Williams is a professor in the Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible; Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White, from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson; and Screening Sex.

The screening and conversation will take place at Wheeler Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.

A limited number of free tickets for UC Berkeley students will be available at the PFA Theater box office and BAM admissions desk beginning on Tuesday, March 10, on a first-come, first-served basis. For others, festival admission prices apply: General admission, $10 until March 11, $11 on or after March 12; BAM/PFA and Center for Asian American Media members, $8; seniors and disabled persons, $9.

(Se, jie). With Lust, Caution, the ever-challenging Ang Lee summons the perilous worlds of sexual obsession and political resistance, set against the beguiling backdrop of a 1940s Shanghai steeped in seductive memory. It is the time of the Japanese occupation, and failed efforts have been made to assassinate the imperious official Yee (Tony Leung). The beaming but demure Wong Chia Chi (scintillating debutante Tang Wei) is recruited for yet another attempt. An actress in a patriotic theater troupe, Wong takes on the real-world role of Mrs. Mak, whose subterfuge will lead to the seduction of the philandering Yee via his wife (Joan Chen), a mahjong mistress. Based on the short story by much-admired Chinese novelist Eileen Chang and drenched in the softening hues of the period, Lee's lush re-creation of Shanghai throws caution to the wind and delves deeply into the consuming throes of sexual passion, further amplified by the dangers of deception.-Steve Seid

This event is offered in conjunction with On the Same Page, a program of UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Science. For information on other events with Ang Lee and James Schamus, visit

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