The second male lead for new movie "Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)", Taiwanese singer Wang Li-Hong (Leehom Wang), arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday, and immediately headed toward a hotel in Ipoh. Oscar-winning director Li An (Ang Lee) prepared a night banquet for the crew that night at 7.
Leehom stepped in Ipoh with extremely casual wearing. He wore a simple collared T-shirt, jeans, and also a truckers hat. He arrived at his hotel through a travel bus on Tuesday, 4:25 PM. He waited until the crew members transported all his luggage into the hotel and yawned. He and his assisstant stepped down the bus and walked toward the hotel, a whole crowd of crew members surrounding them like many soldiers guarding around a king. He immediately walked toward the elevator, not making any specific moves.
After 10 minutes, Ang Lee arrived with his body guards. "Lust, Caution" female lead Tang Wei came into the hotel several minutes later. Tang Wei’s arrival was less noticeable than Ang Lee or Leehom Wang, where there were less crew members surrounding her.
Several crew members also came in the hotel holding some beer bottles and food. The journalists found one hotel room that was suppose to belong to the production crews’ meeting office. Outside displayed a couch and inside the room there were two to three people. A security guard came and immediately told the reporters to leave.
JOAN CHEN VS. TONY LEUNG
Li An’s (Ang Lee) added another actress to his new production, "Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)". Internationally famous Golden Horse queen Chen Chung (Joan Chen) is added to the "Lust, Caution" cast. She will play Leung Chiu Wai’s (Tony Leung, who plays the male lead Mr. Yi) wife. In the original story, she was the one who brings Wang Jia-Zhi (played by Tang Wei) home, which allowed Wang Jia-Zhi to seduce Mr. Yi, making the assassination trap more successful. While they are playing mahjong, her other playing mates tried to hide Mr. Yi and Wang Jia-Zhi’s underground relationship. Although Joan will not have much screentime in the film, her role is extremely challenging. With her playing this role, everyone will feel relieved.
In "Lust, Caution", Joan Chen was chosen to play one of the supporting roles, Mrs. Yi. According to Zhang Ai-Ling’s (Eileen Chang) story, she is a plump, strong middle-aged woman. Joan, who’s 45 years old this year, is perfectly fit and exceeds beauty for her role. Before, she was also in another movie that was another remake of one of Eileen Chang’s stories, "Hong Mei Gui Bai Mei Gui (Red Rose, White Rose)" and because of that movie she was titled Golden Horse queen. Ang Lee’s "Food Drink Man Woman" were also nominated with many awards that same year. Ang and Joan already met quite a while ago. Finally in ten years, Ang Lee finds Joan Chen to give her an important supporting role in "Lust, Caution".
In the movie, Joan Chen has a scene where she will be playing mahjong. Ang Lee already found the other playmates – Tang Wei, Chinese superstar He Cai-Fei, and Artist Shen Xiao-Yun. According to the original story, the three wives fought verbally on the mahjong table. Ang Lee wanted everyone to practice mahjong and requested them to play gracefully, but yet carelessly at the same time. Aside from Tony Leung, Wang Li-Hong (Leehom Wang), Tuo Zong Hua will be in the film, Hong Kong star Chin Ka-Lok was earlier rumored to be in the film as well, playing an official.
LEEHOM ARRIVES AT MALAYSIA TODAY
"Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)" will begin filming this week. The scenery and other preparations for the film are almost completely. Many people knew where the actors will begin filming, but they do not know when Li An (Ang Lee) and the crew will arrive. Wang Li-Hong (Leehom Wang), who completed his training lessons for "Lust, Caution" last week in Hong Kong, returned to Taipei and shopped in Mei Feng Square for some home accessories. Because Wang Mama constantly comes to Taipei, the filial son decided to buy a new mattress for his mother. He arrived in Malaysia today to prepare for the production.
ANG LEE ARRIVES IN IPOH, "LUST, CAUTION" READY FOR ACTION
Director Li An’s (Ang Lee) new movie, "Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)" started their worshipping ceremony today, the 6th. Tomorrow they will start filming, and according to the Hong Kong Ming Bao to the Malaysian newsletter, Ang Lee arrived in Ipoh a couple of days ago and sat on a cable car at night with his other fellow crew members, riding along the Ipoh streets, discussing about the production. He wanted the production to be perfect.
Yesterday around 3 in the afternoon, Ang Lee went to Tin Mi Street, an old street in Ipoh to discuss further production. He disclosed that he will bring in actors Tang Wei and Wang Li-Hong (Leehom Wang) to film in that street very soon. However, Leung Chiu-Wai (Tony Leung) will not be present.
NEW NAME FOR "LUST, CAUTION"?
Rumors say that the title for "Lust, Caution" will be changed to "Old Yi’s Story". Obviously the film will be more focusing on Leung Chiu-Wai (Tony Leung) than the other characters. When asked, the crew members did not reply.
"Lust, Caution" will hopefully be competeing with other films in the Venice Film Festival.
TONY LEUNG CHIUWAI: Mr. Yi. A Chinese official and traitor. Falls in love with Wang Jiazhi.
LEEHOM WANG LIHONG: Kuang Yumin. A patriotic student. Wang Jiazhi’s boyfriend.
TANG WEI: Wang Jiazhi. A student. Kuang Yumin’s girlfriend. Falls in love with Mr. Yi.
CHU TSZYING: Lai Xiaoqing. A student. Crush on Kuang Yumin.
JOAN CHEN CHUNG: Mrs. Yi. Mr. Yi’s wife.
More to be announced.