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Ang Lee
Ang Lee - 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
Born (1954-10-23) 23 October 1954 (age 64)
ResidenceLarchmont, New York, U.S.
NationalityRepublic of China
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Occupation
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Jane Lin (林惠嘉) (m. 1983)
Children
Ang Lee
Li An (Chinese characters).svg
"Ang Lee (Li An)" in Chinese characters
Chinese李安

Ang Lee OBS (Chinese: 李安; pinyin: Lǐ Ān; born 23 October 1954) is a Taiwanese film director and screenwriter.[1][2] Lee's work is known for its emotional charge, which critics believe is responsible for his success in offsetting cultural barriers and achieving international recognition.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Lee's earlier films, such as The Wedding Banquet, Pushing Hands, and Eat Drink Man Woman, explored the relationships and conflicts between tradition and modernity, Eastern and Western. Soon after, Lee arrived in Hollywood with his first film Sense and Sensibility. Lee also deals heavily with repressed, hidden emotions in many of his films, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm, Hulk, Sense and Sensibility, Life of Pi, and Brokeback Mountain. Lee has won two Academy Awards for Best Director, for his work on Brokeback Mountain, and Life of Pi, becoming the first non-white person to win the award. He also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, receiving nominations for Best Picture and Best Director as well.

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hi my name is Kevin and today let's talk Ang Lee. the Taiwanese film director whose films as well as personal life whose films as well as personal life stories have inspired all of us from uncomplicated stories of immigrants to some of the best moments in cinematic beauty from classic British period drama to CGI driven superheroes and from the worst possible sex scenes to the most provocative and explicit lovemaking Ang Lee is one of the few Asian directors to find critical and commercial success in both sides of Pacific and the Oscar goes to Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain so why do we love them so much let's take a look Lee is boring 1954 and his first feature film pushing hands was released in 1992 in Taiwan afterwards he went on and directed the wedding banquet and eat drink man woman the three films explore relationships between the traditional Taiwanese father and his children a son and daughter-in-law who live in different culture lifestyle a son who's a homosexual and has a foreign partner and three daughters who are becoming independent and distant from him because the heavy focus on the father figure in all three films they are also together and called the father knows best trilogy because this trilogy is great depiction of complex family relationships amidst social comedy contexts. Lee was hired to direct the British period drama sense and sensibility which ended up as a huge hit of the year and subsequently opened up the door to Hollywood for him love is all very well but unfortunately we cannot always rely on my heart to lead us in the most suitable direction then he directed the ice storm a family drama set in 1970 semester Watergate scandal and the Ride with the Devil, an american civil war drama and in two thousand we've directed a huge hit Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon which gave him the first Oscar director nomination till today Crouching Tiger is still top grossing foreign language film in u.s. next he directed Marvel's Hulk in 2003 when superhero movies were just began to gain popularity the period follows was a tough time for lee because the film received mixed review and Lee's father passed away in 2004 at the end of development stage of his next film Brokeback Mountain I'm sure he's emotional poignancy is also invested into the creation of this masterpiece of the year sometimes I miss you so much I can hardly stand it brokeback earned him a well-deserved Oscar and boosted Lee to a-list directors in 2007 he directed lust caution an erotic espionage film set in China during world war two despite this film's nc-17 rating the film is well received afterwards he directed taking woodstock a comedy-drama film about the woodstock festival in 1969 this film was a box office bomb, but Ang Lee took the defeat and made life of pi three years later and brought home his second Oscar for Best Director his most recent film as 2017 is Billy Lynn's Half Time Walk, the war drama film received mixed review and was unfortunately also a box office bomb roughly speaking we can categorize his films to the widely recognized ones and the less popular ones while these film's might not be a successful commercially as others they all contain Lee's unique style cinematic language and common themes that if you are willing to delve deeper and emotionally invest into the characters in the film you will be rewarded at the end so let me share with you a couple things that in my opinion make a great Ang Lee's film and maybe along the way I could argue that some of these less popular ones actually do deserve another reappraisal first, character-driven Ang Lee is a very character-driven director he puts heavy emphasis on conveying character struggles and development and the story is often advanced through the characters emotional journey lee takes us into the world of these dynamic individuals and experience how the conflicts of surroundings gradually change them from who they were at beginning of the film to ones that have a different perspective towards life at the end a very good first example is the less popular film Taking Woodstock in 2009 Ang Lee took a very light material the come about of musical festival and presented it through the eye of the main character Elliot young man who's struggling living with his parents and wants to break free it's a story about how the generation-defining concert took place but also more about how young lives get together change transformed and become more independent in the end a second example is a controversial HULK moving 2003 which utilized comic book-like split-screen techniques that is still present in today's action movies even though the story is about Hulk the film central drama also revolves around two sets of fathers and children and their love denial or otherwise a complicated family relationship just like in other Ang Lee movies I really wish I could believe you many viewers and critics did not enjoy this film because for superhero genre Ang Lee's version was too slow paced while people expect the majority being pumped up action content it did not have an action scene until 40 minutes in however compared with the later reboot in 2008, or the one of the Avengers Ang Lee's Hulk shows more character depth as he explores an anguish of having power that he did not seek or desire for the same reason some people dislike the movie I personally love this HULK so subtle moments of reflection and contemplation as they give a bit more complexity for a superhero movie Ang Lee even challenges it to go further and be even more emotionally powerful when Hulk finds a house of his childhood as a film delivers one the most cruel way for us to say goodbye to our past memories that brings us to our next point the Good Byes First, one of the largest themes across all of Lee's films is family he loves to show all sorts of dramas lessons generation gaps or shift of power of different dining tables when the families gathered together but what strikes me most is how he repeatedly exploited relationships within families and loved ones and present us with the fact that we all have to say goodbye to them some time in our life from parents friends lovers teachers to our virginity normality the past or even our own body parts goodbye is a bitter moment we all have to go through and there are so much of it in our lives that if we feel something every time we say goodbye then we will never stop being depressed so what do we do we yield we compromise and we hide our feelings sometimes these suppressed feelings are inevitably shown to the audience to character struggle other times it solidify into objects the reminiscence of our loved ones in the movie the wedding banquet the traditional Eastern couple is confronted with the fact that their son is homosexual even though at the end all seems to be okay and the family accept his sons choice when we see the old couple heads into the terminal and the father raises his hands without looking back we know that it's a compromise a compromise to son's decision and it's a surrender to a culture lifestyle that's very different from his tradition Ang Lee's film taught all of us that no matter how hard or difficult it is goodbye it's not just a parting phrase that we throw around all the time , but it's a life choice and an essential part of journey I suppose at the end whole of life becomes an act of letting go but we'll always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye however facing emotional situations though not all of Ang Lee's characters are willing to act reserved in fact it is common for his films to present two individuals with very opposite personality when facing various sentiments if I had more shallow feelings I could perhaps conceal the ways you do. on the one hand you have characters that are more restrained hesitant and introspective much like traditional Eastern culture on the other hand you have the more direct extroverted and outgoing individuals who relate closer to Western culture we could have had a good life together. fucking real good life. Had a place of our own. but you didn't want it Ennis. what we got now is Brokeback mountain! I suppose this is also an integral part of AngLee's style since he's the one that really experienced and understand the fascinating difference between the two worlds at the end of the movie Hulk Bruce banners father our villain turning to the giant mushroom like creature that has the immense power and eventually the power became too much and he was destroy at the height of his weakness TAKE IT ALL! some viewers find this ending funny and unsatisfactory but I felt it was actually a nice touch by Ang Lee and his longtime partner James Schamus because in a way it's a reflection of a fundamental Chinese Taoism philosophy of how things will develop in the opposite directions when they become extreme sure it might not be original to the HULK comics but i have to give Ang lee a lot of respect that he always tries to combine the different perceptions together and make an effort to create something new and exciting the world of cinema this brought us to my last point effort in hollywood and western cinema asian directors have already made their marks and created many entertaining pieces from John Woo's face off. Park Chan Woo's Stoker Bong Joon Ho's Snowpiercer. recent Zhang Yimou's big feature the Great Wall they all prove that global filmmaking is possible and we can jump as a language barrier and create exciting content nevertheless Ang Lee remains the only Asian director that has held the Oscar for Best Director not because his more talented but because he challenges himself and putting more effort while features from other Asian directors are mostly in action or thriller genre that take place in contemporary or hypothetical worlds Ang Lee's movie are often setting certain historical periods and backgrounds that require him to put in much more effort in extra research in the pre-production process of sense and sensibility Ang Lee's has to tour the British Museums for months and learn about what's it like in the 18th century England in taking woodstock he has to learn the culture of hippies in the 60s and how events such as Apollo 11 and vietnam war influence in the generation in the ice storm again he has to learn how embarrassing the early seventies is for America learning about how the Watergate scandal and the losing war in Vietnam is affecting the society all these movies about American Civil War's superhero comics cowboys in the Midwest or India's trandition and values are not simple concepts knowledge that any director can pick up easily especially for someone who's from the outside these stories and characters with rich background are all challenges that require directors to go real in-depth and pre-production spent numerous hours on their own research and homework in order to accurately give instructions to the actors and present us with the most authentic feeling I cannot even imagine how difficult it is for a foreign director that's not from China to direct a movie adaptation of the dream of red chamber or about the hero in Chinese legend like The Monkey King or about the Chinese Civil War the fact that Ang Lee is able to tackle these extremely demanding and difficult projects to make them into beautiful presentations as non-native will always inspire me and remind that a good film is a good film in any language however in order for that to happen you have to be able to invest in your characters to delineate poignant emotions be familiar with different cultures around the world and challenge yourself to put in extra efforts and of course always remember to say goodbye reinventing the martial arts movie with Crouching Tiger could Ang Lee be persuaded to work his magic on the British equivalent James Bond from childhood I was even mentioned above bond movie, it is teasing. but I think it's a brand you don't want to mess with probably you could rejuvenate it again don't seduce me anymore i might just want to do it.

Contents

Early life

Childhood and education

"the formation of an individual decides their world perception, especially the things that happen before one is 20, so since he did not go to the US until he was 23, "whatever I do, whatever I absorb outside [Taiwan], my nature remains very Taiwanese... The basic me was growing up here, mixed with a lot of other things. Taiwan is like this. Wherever I shoot my film, it is a Taiwanese film"

-Ang Lee, speaks of his attachment to Taiwan. Sabine Cheng & Lilian Wu, October 01, 2016 [9]

Ang Lee was born in a Waishengren family, in a military dependents' village of the Republic of China Armed Forces, located at Chaochou, Pingtung,[10] a southern agricultural county in Taiwan. Both of Lee's parents moved from Mainland China to Taiwan, China,following the Chinese civil war in 1949. He grew up in a household that put heavy emphasis on education.[11]

Lee studied in the Provincial Tainan First Senior High School (now National Tainan First Senior High School) where his father was the principal. He was expected to pass the annual Joint College/University Entrance Examination, the only route to a university education in Republic of China. But after failing the exam twice, to the disappointment of his father, he entered a three-year college, the National Arts School (now reorganized and expanded as National Taiwan University of Arts), and graduated in 1975. His father had wanted him to become a professor, but he had become interested in drama and the arts at college. This early frustration set his career on the path of performance art. Seeing Ingmar Bergman's film The Virgin Spring (1960) was a formative experience for him.[12]

After finishing his mandatory military service in the Republic of China Navy (ROCN), Lee went to the US in 1979 to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his bachelor's degree in theater in 1980. Originally, Lee was interested in acting, but his challenges with speaking English made it difficult and he quickly turned to directing.[13] At UIUC, Lee met his future wife Jane Lin (Chinese: 林惠嘉; pinyin: Lín Huìjiā), also a student from Republic of China, who pursued her Ph.D. degree. Thereupon, he enrolled at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University, where he received his MFA in film production. He was a classmate of Spike Lee and worked on the crew of his thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads.

During graduate school, Lee finished a 16mm short film, Shades of the Lake (1982), which won the Best Drama Award in Short Film in Taiwan. His own thesis work, a 43-minute drama, Fine Line (1984), won NYU's Wasserman Award for Outstanding Direction and was later selected for the Public Broadcasting Service.[citation needed]

Life after graduation

Lee's NYU thesis drew attention from the William Morris Agency, the famous talent and literary agency that later represented Lee. At first, though, WMA found Lee few opportunities, and Lee remained unemployed for six years. During this time, he was a full-time house-husband, while his wife Jane Lin, a molecular biologist, was the sole breadwinner for the family of four. This arrangement put enormous pressure on the couple, but with Lin's support and understanding, Lee did not abandon his career in film but continued to generate new ideas from movies and performances. He also wrote several screenplays during this time.[14]

In 1990, Lee submitted two screenplays, Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet, to a competition sponsored by Government Information Office of R.O.C., and they came in first and second, respectively. The winning screenplays brought Lee to the attention of Hsu Li-kong (Chinese: 徐立功; pinyin: Xú Lìgōng), a recently promoted senior manager in a major studio who had a strong interest in Lee's unique style and freshness. Hsu, a first-time producer, invited Lee to direct Pushing Hands, a full-length feature that debuted in 1991.

Career

Debut from Taiwan

The 'Father Knows Best' trilogy

Pushing Hands (1991) was a success in Taiwan both among critics and at the box office. It received eight nominations in the Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan's premier film festival. Inspired by the success, Hsu Li-kong collaborated with Lee in their second film, The Wedding Banquet (1993), which won the Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival[15] and was nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film[16] in both the Golden Globe and the Academy Awards. In all, this film collected eleven Taiwanese and international awards and made Lee a rising star. These first two movies were based on stories of Chinese Americans, and both were filmed in the US.

In 1994, Hsu invited Lee to return to Republic of China to make Eat Drink Man Woman, a film that depicts traditional values, modern relationships, and family conflicts in Taipei. The film was a box office hit and was critically acclaimed. For a second consecutive year, Lee's film received the Best Foreign Language Film nomination in both the Golden Globe and Academy Awards, as well as in the British Academy Award. Eat Drink Man Woman won five awards in Taiwan and internationally, including the Best Director from Independent Spirit.

The three films show the Confucian family at risk and star the Chinese actor Sihung Lung to form what has been called Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy.[17]

Arrival in Hollywood

Sense and Sensibility

In 1995, Lee directed Columbia TriStar's British classic Sense and Sensibility. This made Lee a second-time winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Emma Thompson, who also starred in the movie alongside Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet. Sense and Sensibility also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Thompson has described the experience of working with Lee in his first English language film, noting how taken aback Lee was when the actors asked questions or provided suggestions, something Thompson notes as uncommon in Chinese culture. Once this disjuncture was bridged, Thompson remembered having "the most wonderful time because his notes were so brutal and funny."[18]

After this, Lee directed two more Hollywood movies: The Ice Storm (1997), a drama set in 1970s suburban America, and Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War drama. Although the critics still highly praised these latter two films, they were not particularly successful at the box office, and for a time this interrupted Lee's unbroken popularity – from both general audiences and arthouse aficionados – since his first full-length movie. However, in the late 1990s and 2000s, The Ice Storm had high VHS and DVD sales and rentals and repeated screenings on cable television, which has increased the film's popularity among audiences.

1999 onward

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

In 1999, Hsu Li-kong, Lee's old partner and supporter, invited him to make a movie based on the traditional "wuxia" genre concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. Excited about the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream, Lee assembled a team from the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Mainland China for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). The film was a surprising success worldwide. With Chinese dialogue and English subtitles, the film became the highest grossing foreign film in many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, and was nominated in 10 categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Director. It ended up winning Best Foreign Language Film and three technical awards. The success of Crouching Tiger demonstrated that Lee's artistry had a general appeal; it also inspired such established directors as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige to explore wuxia films for Western audiences.[citation needed]

Hulk

In 2003, Lee returned to Hollywood to direct Hulk, his second big-budget movie after the disappointment of Ride with the Devil's restricted release. The film received mixed reviews while being a financial success, grossing over $245 million at the box office. After the setback, Lee considered retiring early, but his father encouraged him to continue making movies.

Brokeback Mountain

Lee decided to take on a small-budget, low-profile independent film based on Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-finalist short story, Brokeback Mountain. In a 2005 article[19] by Robert K. Elder, Lee was quoted as saying, "What do I know about gay ranch hands in Wyoming?" In spite of the director's distance from the subject at hand, Brokeback Mountain showcased Lee's skills in probing the depths of the human heart. The 2005 movie about the forbidden love between two Wyoming sheepherders immediately caught public attention and became a cultural phenomenon, initiating intense debates and becoming a box office hit.

The film was critically acclaimed at major international film festivals and won Lee numerous Best Director and Best Picture awards worldwide. Brokeback Mountain was the most acclaimed film of 2005, winning 71 awards and an additional 52 nominations. It won the Golden Lion (best film) award at the Venice International Film Festival and was named 2005's best film by the Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and London film critics. It also won best picture at the 2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America (Adapted Screenplay), Producers Guild of America and the Independent Spirit Awards as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, with Lee winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Director. Brokeback Mountain also won Best Film and Best Director at the 2006 British Academy Awards (BAFTA). Brokeback Mountain was nominated for a leading eight Oscars and was the front runner for Best Picture heading into the 5 March ceremony, but lost out to Crash, a story about race relations in Los Angeles, in a controversial upset. He became the first non-white person to win the Best Director at the Academy Awards (when he won again for Life of Pi, he became the second non-white person to win). In 2006, following his Best Director Oscar, Ang Lee was bestowed the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon, the second highest civilian honour, by the R.O.C. government.[20]

Lust, Caution

His next film was Lust, Caution, which was adapted from a short novel by the Chinese author Eileen Chang. The story was written in 1950, and was loosely based on an actual event that took place in 1939–1940 in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, China, during World War II. Similar to Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee adapted and expanded a short, simple story into a feature film in a way that allows individual figures to develop sophisticated layers of reserved emotions, without being sidetracked by complicated plots or overstuffed material.[citation needed]

Lust, Caution was distributed by Focus Features and premiered at international film festivals in the summer and early fall of 2007. In the U.S., the movie received a NC-17 rating (no one 17 and under admitted) from the MPAA mainly due to several strongly explicit sex scenes. This was a challenge to the film's distribution because many theater chains in the United States refuse to show NC-17 films. The director and film studio decided not to appeal the decision. Lee removed 9 minutes from the film to make the content suitable for minor audiences in order to be permitted to show Lust, Caution in mainland China.[21]

Lust, Caution captured the Golden Lion from the 2007 Biennale Venice Film Festival, making Lee the winner of the highest prize for the second time in three years (Lee is one of only four filmmakers to have won the Golden Lion twice). When Lust, Caution was played in Lee's native Taiwan in its original full-length edition, it was very well received.[citation needed] Staying in Taiwan to promote the film and to participate in a traditional holiday, Lee got emotional[citation needed] when he found that his work was widely applauded by fellow Taiwanese. Lee admitted that he had low expectations for this film from the U.S. audience since "its pace, its film language;– it's all very Chinese."[22] The film was ignored by the Oscars, receiving zero nominations. It was snubbed from consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category; after being officially submitted by Taiwan, the Academy ruled that an insufficient number of Taiwanese nationals had participated in the production, thus disqualifying it from further consideration.

Lee was chosen as president of the jury for the 2009 edition of the Venice Film Festival that took place from 2 to 12 September 2009.[23]

Life of Pi

Lee's next film after 2009's Taking Woodstock was Life of Pi, which was adapted from the novel of the same name written by Yann Martel.

The story was a retrospective first-person narrative from Pi, a then 16-year-old boy from India, who is the only human to survive the sinking of a freighter on the way from India to Canada. He finds himself on a lifeboat with an orangutan, a hyena, a wounded zebra and a Bengal tiger.[24] During this unlikely journey, young Pi questions his belief in God and the meaning of life. The novel was once considered impossible to make into a movie, but Lee persuaded 20th Century Fox to invest $120 million and heavily relied on 3D special effects in post-production. Unlike most other sci-fi precedents, Lee explores the artistic horizon of applying 3D effects and pushes the boundary of how this technology can serve the movie's artistic vision. The movie made its commercial premiere during the Thanksgiving weekend of 2012 in the US and worldwide and became a critical and box office success. In January 2013, Life of Pi earned 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Visual Effects.[25] He went on to win the Academy Award for Best Director.

In 2013, he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[26]

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Lee next directed Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk based on the novel of the same name. It was his first film since winning the Oscar for Best Director for Life of Pi. The film was released in November 2016, and received a mixed response from audiences and critics alike.

Upcoming Projects

Thrilla in Manila

In 2013, Ang Lee began development on the project with a screenplay written by Peter Morgan, but later put it on hold in 2014 in order to make Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.[27][28] In December 2015, it was announced that the project, tentatively titled Thrilla in Manila, would be his next film after Gemini Man. David Oyelowo and Ray Fisher are reportedly Lee's top choices for the leading roles.[29]

Gemini Man

In April 2017, Ang Lee began discussions with Skydance Media to helm a sci-fi action film that follows a senior NSA official being hunted by a young clone of himself right as he is about to retire from the agency.[30] The film is set to star Will Smith in the lead role with a release date set for 4 October 2019.[31] In January 2018, it was announced that Clive Owen and Mary Elizabeth Winstead had been cast as the antagonist and female lead respectively.

Directing for television

In March 2013, it was announced that Lee would direct a television pilot for the drama series Tyrant, created by Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Craig Wright. Production was scheduled for the summer of 2013 for the FX series.[32] However, Lee decided to quit the project to take a break from his hectic schedule.[33]

Recurring collaborators

Ang Lee has had a career-long collaboration with producer and screenwriter James Schamus[34] and editor Tim Squyres. He has also worked several times with music composer Mychael Danna and a few times with Danny Elfman.[b]

Year Title James Schamus Tim Squyres Mychael Danna Danny Elfman
Producer Writer Editor Music Music
1991 Pushing Hands[35] Yes Yes Yes
1993 The Wedding Banquet Yes Yes Yes
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman Yes Yes Yes
1995 Sense and Sensibility Yes Yes
1997 The Ice Storm Yes Yes Yes Yes
1999 Ride with the Devil Yes Yes Yes Yes
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Yes Yes Yes
2003 Hulk Yes Yes Yes Yes
2005 Brokeback Mountain Yes
2007 Lust, Caution Yes Yes Yes
2009 Taking Woodstock Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Life of Pi Yes Yes
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Yes Yes

Personal life

Lee lives in Larchmont, in Westchester County, New York, with his wife Jane Lin, a microbiologist, whom he married in 1983. They have two sons, Haan (born 1984), and Mason (born 1990).[36] Lee is sometimes described as a naturalized US citizen,[37][38][39] but he claims that he is a permanent resident of United States.[40][41] Lee is a Buddhist.[42]

Filmography

Lee has been involved in the process of filmmaking in various capacities, though the highlight of his career and legacy is his directorial work. The following are Lee's various credits.

Year Film
Director Producer Writer Notes
1991 Pushing Hands Yes Yes Also editor
1993 The Wedding Banquet Yes Yes
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman Yes Yes Also editor
1995 Sense and Sensibility Yes
Siao Yu Yes Yes
1997 The Ice Storm Yes
1999 Ride with the Devil Yes
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Yes Yes
2002 The Hire (segment The Chosen) Yes
2003 Hulk Yes
2005 Brokeback Mountain Yes
2007 Lust, Caution Yes Yes
2009 Taking Woodstock Yes Yes
2012 Life of Pi Yes Yes
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Yes Yes
2019 Gemini Man Yes

Acting credits

Year Film Role Notes
1993 The Wedding Banquet Wedding guest Cameo
1998 The Candidate Hsu Giu Jing's childhood friend
2007 Hollywood Chinese Himself Documentary

Accolades

Academy Awards

Best Foreign Language Film

Year Nominated work Result
1993 The Wedding Banquet Nominated
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman Nominated
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won

Best Picture

Year Nominated work Result
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2005 Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2012 Life of Pi Nominated

Best Director

Year Nominated work Result
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2005 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Won

Golden Globe Awards

Best Foreign Language Film

Year Nominated work Result
1993 The Wedding Banquet Nominated
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman Nominated
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2007 Lust, Caution Nominated

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Year Nominated work Result
1996 Sense and Sensibility Won
2006 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Nominated

Best Director

Year Nominated work Result
1995 Sense and Sensibility Nominated
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2005 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Nominated

British Academy Film Awards

Best Film Not in the English Language

Year Nominated work Result
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman Nominated
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2007 Lust, Caution Nominated

Best Film

Year Nominated work Result
1995 Sense and Sensibility Won
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2012 Life of Pi Nominated

Best Director

Year Nominated work Result
1995 Sense and Sensibility Nominated
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2005 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Nominated

Other Awards

Award Category Year Title Result
Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm 1997 The Ice Storm Nominated
2009 Taking Woodstock Nominated
Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear 1993 The Wedding Banquet Won
1996 Sense and Sensibility Won
Venice Film Festival Golden Lion 2005 Brokeback Mountain Won
2007 Lust, Caution Won
Producers Guild of America Award PGA Award – Motion Pictures 2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2006 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Director 2006 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Nominated
Directors Guild of America Award DGA Award – Motion Pictures 1996 Sense and Sensibility Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2006 Brokeback Mountain Won
2012 Life of Pi Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature 1994 The Wedding Banquet Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
Best Director 1994 The Wedding Banquet Nominated
1995 Eat Drink Man Woman Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2006 Brokeback Mountain Won
Best Screenplay 1994 The Wedding Banquet Nominated
1995 Eat Drink Man Woman Nominated
NBR Award Best Director 1995 Sense and Sensibility Won
2005 Brokeback Mountain Won
Saturn Award Best Direction 2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2012 Life of Pi Nominated
Best Action or Adventure Film 2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
Best Science Fiction Film 2003 Hulk Nominated
Best Fantasy Film 2012 Life of Pi Won
AACTA Awards Best Direction – International 2012 Life of Pi Nominated

Awards received by Lee's Movies

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1993 The Wedding Banquet 1 1
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman 1 1 1
1995 Sense and Sensibility 7 1 12 3 6 2
1997 The Ice Storm 2 1 1
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 10 4 14 4 3 2
2005 Brokeback Mountain 8 3 9 4 7 4
2007 Lust, Caution 2 1
2012 Life of Pi 11 4 9 2 3 1
Total 38 12 49 14 23 9

Notes

  • a.^ In the 2007 book The Cinema of Ang Lee: The Other Side of the Screen, Whitney Crothers Dilley has analyzed in detail the striking diversity of Lee's films, as well as Lee's recurring themes of alienation, marginalization, and repression.[43] Many of Lee's films, particularly his early Chinese trilogy, have also focused on the interactions between modernity and tradition.
  • b.^ Mychael Danna was originally hired to score Hulk, but he was removed from the project, apparently at the request of the studio, and another composer completed the final score. Ang Lee spoke publicly about this in 2012 at a director's roundtable, calling it the moment he regretted most in his career. Danna subsequently received his first Oscar nomination and went on to win that award for scoring Life of Pi, his first reunion with Lee since that time.

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