HONG KONG - THERE'S too much lust in 'Lust, Caution' for Andy Lau.
The veteran Hong Kong actor-singer says he was shocked by the sex scenes in the new Ang Lee spy thriller and that he would have never agreed to star in the film.
'Lust, Caution,' which won the top Golden Lion prize at the recent Venice Film Festival, is about the sexually charged relationship between an undercover activist and a ruthless intelligence official in the Japanese-allied government in World War II-era Shanghai.
It features violent, abusive sex scenes that have earned the movie restrictive ratings in the US, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia.
Lau, 46, said in a news update posted on his official website on Thursda,y he was impressed by the performance of contemporary fellow Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who plays the intelligence official Mr Yi.
'I can't believe Tony knew that he had to stage such a daring performance when he agreed to star in the movie. Honestly, I couldn't portray that character. I wouldn't take the role if I knew (about the explicit sex scenes),' said Lau.
'Tony is really stunning,' he said.
Alice Tam, a spokeswoman for Lau, said Thursday director Lee did not approach Lau about the role of Mr Yi in 'Lust, Caution.' -- AP