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Sexual positions worthy of the “Kama Sutra,” lingering shots of sweat-covered anatomy: It was just a normal downtown screening when Focus Features and James Schamus invited guests to a special viewing Thursday evening of Ang Lee’s much-buzzed-about “Lust, Caution.” The film, which stars newcomer Tang Wei as a Chinese resistance member in Forties Shanghai who falls for her government assassination target (played by Tony Leung), has drawn much notice for its NC-17 rating, thanks to its highly erotic scenes.
At the after party at the Bowery Hotel — which drew guests such as Kristin Davis, Thakoon Panichgul, Vivienne Tam and Kiera Chaplin — Wei quietly held court, looking elegant and demure in a diaphanous nude Jean Yu dress, silver Prada sandals and an eye-catching Lulu Frost cuff. Draped in a thick shawl to fend off the evening chill, the baby-faced star admitted that in real life, she is much more modest than her cinematic counterpart might suggest.
“When I go to the doctor and they have to listen to my heartbeat, I lift up my blouse [and] I’m so shy,” she said blushing. So how did she manage the more prurient scenes? “That wasn’t Tang Wei; that was the character,” she said firmly of her mental distance technique.
She’s not alone in her modesty. “My mother is from Shanghai, so as I was watching I was thinking, ‘Oh my mother would love this,'” said Anna Sui. “And then the sex came along and I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no!'”