One of my favorite directors, Ang Lee, received the freedom of expression award shared with producer James Schamus at this year's ShoWest convention for their explicit film 'Lust, Caution'. Along the way, Entertainment Weekly spoke with them regarding their decision to maintain the taboo rating and Lee's next project.
'Lust, Caution' is such an exquisite film with heavy emotional baggage that rivals 'Brokeback Mountain'. It's ashamed it hasn't found an audience in this country because they are missing the continual growth or mature filmmaking Lee is going through. When asked what his next project will be, Lee replied, "I've made six tragedies in a row, what's wrong with me?" I'm smelling a slapstick comedy with Will Ferrell and Jack Black. (EW)
Sidenote: Ang Lee's mid-90s classic 'The Ice Storm' has just been added to The Criterion Collection.