Lust, Caution (Chinese: Se, Jie) is an erotic espionage thriller directed by Academy Award-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee, based on the short story of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee. The film is Lee's second to win a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film adaption and the story are said to be loosely based on an actual event that took place in 1939-1940. It is the first NC-17 rated film to be slated for wide distribution in the United States since Showgirls (1995).