China cut an exercise in 'Caution'


Chinese audiences will see Ang Lee's Golden Lion winner sans 30 of its 156 minutes thanks to cuts made to appease government censors (HR 9/12).

The 1930s-set thriller portrays a sexually explicit relationship between a young female spy (Tang Wei) and a powerful political figure (Tony Leung).

Lee said that while the short version remains "reasonable," Chinese mainland audiences might not feel "so uneasy" and "shocked" about the film. In addition to cutting the sex scenes, some violent scenes also are to be removed, news agency Xinhua said.

Lee has edited the film for mainland China himself to protect its integrity, a rep for co-producer Edko Films said.