Ang Lee's wartime spythriller Lust, Caution started shooting this week in the Malaysian city of Ipoh, well-known for its pre-war architecture.

Adapted from a novella bythe late Chinese author Eileen Chang, the Chinese-language picture is about agroup of patriotic students who plot to assassinate an intelligence chief,played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai, during the Second World War in Shanghai.

New mainland Chinese actressTang Wei and Wang Lee Hom - who both play students - are currently in Ipoh for a three-day shoot before moving to Penang for one day. US-based Chinese actress Joan Chen, who plays Leung'swife, will join the cast in Penang. Pre-production for the brief Malaysia shoot took two months.

Hong Kong is the next location in which the cast and crew areexpected to shoot for one month. The last leg is Shanghai where the bulk of the shooting will take place fortwo months.

While in Shanghai, the picture will use a new purpose-built facilityat Shanghai Film Studios' existing Chedun shooting base which previously housedfilms such as The White Countess and Kung Fu Hustle.

The shooting in Shanghai is expected to start around November whenconstruction of the new facility is complete.