It sounds really interesting:
Asian cinema icon Tony Leung (“Hero,” “In the Mood for Love”) stars as Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure in 1940s Shanghai. Tang Wei, a rising star in mainland China, makes her feature film debut as Wang Jiazhi, a young woman who gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with Mr. Yee.Check out the beautiful trailer.
But now it seems it got the dreaded NC-17 rating from the MPAA. :P
Sources who have seen the film said it contains at least three scenes -- one a long montage -- featuring multiple acts of aggressive sexual activity in different positions. There's no full-frontal male nudity... but male-on-female oral sex, non-S&M restraints and several nontraditional sexual positions are depicted, conveying the aggression and emotional conflict between the main characters.Well damn... I still find it funny that extremely horrific violence such as things in Hostel or Saw (and I'll admit I haven't seen those movies) get a regular R rating, but you know, "nontraditional sexual positions" is totally bad for you and gets an NC-17.
According to the CNN article above, it seems that Ang won't be changing the movie in order to get a lesser R rating. Good, I hope he sticks by his decision.
This just makes me more determined to see the movie. I hope it's a good movie as well. Anyone else free around Oct 5th? ;-)
PS. To be honest, I was really interested in seeing this movie BEFORE the rating news came out. The trailer sold me on it weeks ago. However, it's probably only going to come out in art/indy theatres now if the NC-17 label sticks, which is sad. :P