Lust, Caution Cut In China

“Lust, Caution,” the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion winner for best picture, will be cut by 30 minutes for audiences on the Chinese mainland says The Hollywood Reporter.

Ang Lee’s thriller, set in the 1930s, portrays a sexually explicit relationship between a young female spy, played by Tang Wei, and a powerful political figure (Tony Leung) set against the backdrop of turbulent Japanese-occupied Shanghai during WWII.

Lee said that, while the short version remains “reasonable,” Chinese mainland audiences might not feel “so uneasy” and “shocked” about the film. In addition to cutting the sex scenes, some violent scenes also are to be cut.