CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Romance, Tech Stuff, Focus Features, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalApparently angered that Ang Lee's Lust, Caution was not accepted as the official entrant for Best Foreign Language Film for Taiwan, several hundred sites have unleashed a vicious computer virus. OK, I'm making up the motivation, but the threat may be real. A Chinese software security company told Reuters: "People should be wary of Web sites that offer free downloading services because their personal passwords can be stolen." The spokesperson also said that a multitude of sites promoting the film are embedded with viruses and estimated that 15% of download links were contaminated.
How did the software company discover the virus? Reuters says: "An engineer with the company encountered the virus last week; his screen went blank and he lost his instant messaging password." Wait a minute ... an engineer with the company? The company that just happens to make anti-virus software? That raises suspicions right there, but, to be fair, I suppose that part of an engineer's job when he works for an anti-virus software company is to try and discover viruses ... starting by downloading movies with the word "Lust" in the title.
Despite a statement by producer (and co-head of US distributor Focus Features) James Schamus that the filmmakers "weren't going to change a frame" to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating, Ang Lee decided to cut about 1,000 frames from Lust, Caution in order to gain approval for distribution in Mainland China. The film has been a big hit, earning more than US$12 million in its first two weeks of release there.
Once again, kids, this is a reminder: the only safe download is no download. Support your local theater!
[ Via CNET News.com ]