Ang Lee’s Lust Given An NC-17

The MPAA has awarded Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution,” the director’s first project since the acclaimed “Brokeback Mountain,” the dreaded NC-17 rating.

“Lust” follows a young Chinese drama student (Tang Wei) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II who becomes the center of a plot to seduce and kill a married enemy collaborator (Tony Leung).

What’s surprising is that distributor Focus Features said it won’t edit or try to appeal the rating, which creates potential distribution problems for its awards-season contender.

The MPAA ratings board cited the film’s graphic sexuality, which includes at least three scenes featuring multiple acts of aggressive sexual activity in different positions, as the reason. The film hits cinemas on September 28th.