Ang Lee (L), Tang Wei (C) and Leehom
Wang attend the premiere of "Lust, Caution" in Taiwan Sept. 24, 2007.
BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Oscar-winning director
Ang Lee's new spy thriller "Lust, Caution," will not compete for next year's
best foreign movie Oscar because of technical reasons.
Ang Lee's new movie was not listed as a candidate for
the best Foreign Language Film of the 80th Academy Awards, according to the
official website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Taiwan has replaced "Lust, Caution" with lesser-known
director Chen Huai-En's "Island Etude", about a university student's bicycle
tour of Taiwan.
Taiwan media quoted local officials as saying that
Oscar organizers rejected "Lust, Caution" because many of the film's personnel
in cinematography, music, recording and costume design were not locals.
Despite being denied of the candidacy for the best
Foreign Language Film, Lee's "Lust, Caution" can still compete in other
categories of the 80th Academy Awards.
Lee won the best director Oscar for the gay romance
"Brokeback Mountain" last year, and his Kung Fu blockbuster "Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon" won best foreign film in 2001.
"Lust, Caution" has proved to be a box office success
since it was screened in Taiwan since Sept. 24. So far the movie has reaped
about 200 million New Taiwan dollars (about 6.0 million U.S. dollars), according
to Taiwan media.
The film is expected to be screened on the Chinese
mainland in November.
"Lust, Caution" won a Golden Lion, the top prize at
the Venice Film Festival this year.
Chinese director Yin Li's "The Knot", a tearjerker
about lovers separated by the Taiwan Strait, was on the list for the Oscar best
foreign movie competition, according to the Academy's website.
Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be
announced on Jan. 22, 2008. The Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007
will be presented on Feb. 24, 2008 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and