Lust, Caution

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Lust, Caution - Movie Costumes

Original title: Se, jie

bulletExhibited at the Arcllight Cinema in Hollywood - October 2007
bulletAll photos by Garfeimao, unless otherwise noted

"Lust, Caution" is a period piece.  The costumes are World War II Shanghai, China.

Costume Index for the page

bulletBlue Qipao Dress
bulletPeacock blue-green Qipao DressCostume Exhibits
bulletMovie Summary
bulletMovie pictures

Blue Qipao Dress

This qipao dress gives the impression of two dress.  It is actually one.  Examine the zipper under the arm and how the arm facing come together.   Fabrics: guessing the underlayer is a mid-weight silk taffeta.  The outer layer is a shear silk chiffon printed in blue and grey with gold accents.  The piping is a dark blue silk

Best shot of the side zipper.  See how the two fabrics are joined at the sleeve and the edge is pipped  

Peacock blue-green Qipao Dress

The basic fabric for this dress appears to be a blue-green shot taffeta. The decorative blue branches and ferns appear to be woven in, but that's a guess.  The dress is piped in dark peacock blue piping

Note the closure detail.  There are decorative frogs at the neck and down the side.  There is also a small snap to keep the front smoothly closed  


  We've only got this one shot of the pin stripped suit.  These are wonderfully tailored.

Movie Summary:

The new film from Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director of "Brokeback Mountain" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." A startling erotic espionage thriller about the fate of an ordinary woman's heart, it is based on the short story by revered Chinese author Eileen Chang, and stars Asian cinema icon Tony Leung opposite screen newcomer Tang Wei. Shanghai, 1942. The World War II Japanese occupation of this Chinese city continues in force. Mrs. Mak, a woman of sophistication and means, walks into a café, places a call, and then sits and waits. She remembers... how her story began several years earlier, in 1938 China. She is not in fact Mrs. Mak, but shy Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei). With WWII underway, Wong has been left behind by her father, who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university, she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom) Kuang has started a drama society to shore up patriotism. As the theater troupe's new leading lady, Wong realizes that she has found her calling, able to move and inspire audiences – and Kuang. He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung). Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs. Mak, who will gain Yee's trust by befriending his wife (Joan Chen) and then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself utterly inside and out, and the scenario proceeds as scripted – until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. Shanghai, 1941. With no end in sight for the occupation, Wong – having emigrated from Hong Kong – goes through the motions of her existence. Much to her surprise, Kuang re-enters her life. Now part of the organized resistance, he enlists her to again become Mrs. Mak in a revival of the plot to kill Yee, who as head of the collaborationist secret service has become even more a key part of the puppet government. As Wong reprises her earlier role, and is drawn ever closer to her dangerous prey, she finds her very identity being pushed to the limit...

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This page last updated 07/27/09


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