Wednesday, December 12, 2007
With an illustrious career already under his belt, Taiwan born Ang Lee with honors Saturday in his native country for his spy thriller "Lust, Caution" which took seven prizes, including best film, director and actor at the Golden Horse Awards.
The reserved director closed his acceptance speech by chanting "Go Taiwanese film!"
The triumph of "Lust, Caution" at the awards ceremony came at no surprise after the film’s success in both Taiwan and China. The film is noted for its steamy sex scenes which has revived interest in celebrated writer Eileen Chang, who wrote the short story on which the movie is based.
The awarded "Lust, Caution," is about an undercover activist who seduces the Japanese-allied spy chief in World War II-era Shanghai to later carry out his assassination. The praise this film has derived also suggests a triumphant return to Chinese-language film for Lee. Lee who is no stranger to Hollywood successes has been previously awarded states side for films like "Brokeback Mountain.” He said of his home land win, "I feel very warm in the heart to receive everyone's affirmation."
Lee confessed at a news conference on Saturday that he had to edit a line in "Lust, Caution," at the request of Chinese censors, to make its main female character emerge less of a traitor to the Chinese. In all "Lust, Caution" won seven of the 11 prizes it was nominated for on Saturday. Congradualations!