Updated: 07/03/2014 10:35 | By Agence France-Presse

Chinese actress Tang Wei and S. Korean director to wed

Chinese actress Tang Wei, who rose to fame in the erotic thriller "Lust, Caution", is to marry the South Korean director who helmed her 2010 movie "Late Autumn," the couple have announced.

Chinese actress Tang Wei and S. Korean director to wed

Chinese actress Tang Wei during a photocall for "Wu Xia" at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes in 2011 (file photo) - by Anne-Christine Poujoulat

The 34-year-old star met Kim Tae-Yong, 44, on the set of the English-language co-production in which Tang played a prisoner who falls in love with a South Korean man while on a parole visit to her family in Seattle.

"We came to know and understand each other through a movie. We became friends and eventually lovers," they said in a joint statement released Wednesday.

"And now we are about to become a husband and a wife, although we face a challenge to learn each other's language. But it will be the happiest moment of our lives," it said.

The wedding will take place later this year with close family and friends.

"Lust, Caution", directed by Ang Lee, brought Tang international recognition although the sexually explicit nature of some scenes caused a backlash in China where the actress lost a number of lucrative endorsement deals.

Her performance in "Late Autumn" won her the best actress prize at Seoul's top Baeksang Arts Awards in 2011.

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