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Last Updated: Friday, 13 July 2007, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Director Lee eyes Venice comeback
Ang Lee
Ang Lee is currently working on the film's post-production
Film-maker Ang Lee has said his latest movie will compete for the main prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Taiwanese Lee, who won the Golden Lion at Venice for Brokeback Mountain in 2005, said his Chinese thriller Lust, Caution had been invited by organisers.

"I think they're very happy I'm returning after Brokeback Mountain," Lee told Chinese news site

Venice organisers have yet to confirm Lee's participation. The line-up for the festival is announced on 26 July.

The event, which first took place in 1932, will be held in the Italian city from 29 August to 8 September.

Lust, Caution is based on a short story about a group of students who plot to assassinate the head of China's World War II Japanese-backed government.


It stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who was named best actor at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Lee went on to admit in the interview that he had expected a lot from his cast.

"I don't think the actors were scared of me because I'm mean," he said.

"I very solemnly set standards for them to follow. They probably felt a lot of pressure. I insisted on meeting those standards."

The film is due to be simultaneously released in the US and China in late September.

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