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Ang Lee edits film for China

September 12, 2007|From Reuters

"Lust, Caution," a sexually explicit spy thriller that will carry an NC-17 rating when it is released in the United States, has been cut by 30 minutes to allow Chinese children to watch it, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The 156-minute film -- set in World War II Shanghai and featuring long, sometimes violent sex scenes -- was directed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who won an Oscar for the gay cowboy drama "Brokeback Mountain."

Lee cut the film himself to protect its integrity, and a large number of sex scenes were excised to make it "relatively clean," the Xinhua news agency said.

"The spirit of the film remains despite the cutting, and the fluency will not be affected," Lee was quoted as saying.

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