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Ang Lee

Birthday: 
Saturday, October 23, 1954
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Birth Place: 
Pingtung, Taiwan
Height: 
5' 7"

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University. At NYU, he served as Assistant Director on Spike Lee's student film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983). After Lee wrote a couple of screenplays, he eventually appeared on the film scene with Pushing Hands (1992) (aka Pushing Hands), a dramatic-comedy reflecting on generational conflicts and cultural adaptation, centering on the metaphor of the grandfather's Tai-Chi technique of "Pushing Hands". The Wedding Banquet (1993) (aka The Wedding Banquet) was Lee's next film, an exploration of cultural and generational conflicts through a homosexual Chinese man who feigns a marriage in order to satisfy the traditional demands of his Taiwanese parents. It garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The third movie in his trilogy of Taiwanese-Culture/Generation films, all of them featuring his patriarch figure Sihung Lung, was Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) (aka Eat Drink Man Woman), which received a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination. Lee followed this with Sense and Sensibility (1995), his first Hollywood-mainstream movie. It acquired a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and won Best Adapted Screenplay, for the film's screenwriter and lead actress, Emma Thompson. Lee was also voted the year's Best Director by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. Lee and frequent collaborator James Schamus next filmed The Ice Storm (1997), an adaptation of Rick Moody's novel involving 1970s New England suburbia. The movie acquired the 1997 Best Screenplay at Cannes for screenwriter James Schamus, among other accolades. The Civil War drama Ride with the Devil (1999/I) soon followed and received critical praise, but it was Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) (aka Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that is considered one of his greatest works, a sprawling period film and martial-arts epic that dealt with love, loyalty and loss. It swept the Oscar nominations, eventually winning Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Director at the Golden Globes, and became the highest grossing foreign-language film ever released in America. Lee then filmed the comic-book adaptation, Hulk (2003) - an elegantly and skillfully film with nice action scenes. Lee has also shot a short film - Chosen (2001) (aka Hire, The Chosen) - and most recently won the 2005 Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain (2005), a film based on a short story by Annie Proulx.

Awards and Nominations

2013 - Nominated - Best Achievement in Directing (Life of Pi)
2013 - Nominated - Best Motion Picture of the Year (Life of Pi)
2006 - Won - Best Achievement in Directing (Brokeback Mountain)

Reviews

Life of Pi (3D)

Ang Lee has been in a complicated state as a filmmaker. Lee has directed some spectacular films, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Yet, whenever his name is mentioned after 2003, Crouching Tiger seems to fade away from the dicussion.... Read more
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Taking Woodstock (BLU-RAY)

Following the true story of Elliot  Tiber, Taking Woodstock depicts the Woodstock Festival of 1969 in Bethel, New York. It's a film full of  fun, music, and psychedelic colors as one would expect. Perfect for the Blu-ray format, right?... Read more
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon/Curse of the Golden Flower/House of Flying Daggers Trilogy (BLU-RAY)

There are two waves of asian movies that have taken America by storm; horror and beautifully crafted romantic period pieces.  The former has become redundant and tediously predictable.  The latter has stayed true and gorgeous.  This...is the latter.... Read more
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Brokeback Mountain (Collector’s Edition)

Let’s compare this release to the previous release. Original release had the following bonus features ”Sharing The Story: The Making Of Brokeback Mountain” ”Directing From The Heart: Ang Lee” ”On Being A Cowboy”... Read more
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Hulk

First I would like to ask did anyone really go see this? The only way I was able to make it through this sick excuse of a movie was I know it’s my job and I get paid. I have no clue where to start bashing this movie. Those that did see it do know what I’m talking about. Well here it goes.... Read more
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