Ang Lee

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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Born: 10/23/1954 in Chaozhou, Pingtung, TW

Filmography

Director (17)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Bmw Short Film Series 2014 (Movie)

(Directing the 2nd installment in the series.) (Director)

Life of Pi 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Pushing Hands 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Eat Drink Man Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wedding Banquet 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Fine Line 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Dim Lake 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Chosen (TV Show)

Director
Producer (10)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Life of Pi 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

One Last Ride 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pushing Hands 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Siao Yu 1994 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Wedding Banquet 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (9)

Trespassing Bergman 2016 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hulk: MTV Movie Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Chan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer
Writer (4)

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

from original screenplay("Eat Drink Man Woman") (From Story)

Pushing Hands 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eat Drink Man Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wedding Banquet 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Relationships

Mason Lee Actor

Son
Born 1990; mother, Jane Lin Made film debut in father's film "The Wedding Banquet" (1993)

Sheng Lee

Father
Moved to Taiwan following the Chinese Nationalists' defeat in Chinese Civil War 1949

Han Lee

Son
Born c. 1984; mother, Jane Lin

Jane Lin

Wife
Met 1978 at the University of Illinois Married Aug. 19, 1983

Lee Yangsi

Mother
Moved to Taiwan following the Chinese Nationalists' defeat in Chinese Civil War 1949

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1982 - 1984
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; completed thesis film "Fine Line" in 1984

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana , Illinois 1978 - 1982

Taiwan Academy of Art

Taipei 1973
Studied acting

Milestones

2016

Directed the feature film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"

2012

Helmed feature adaptation of Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi"; also produced

2009

Directed "Taking Woodstock" about the 1969 music festival

2007

Helmed "Lust, Caution," a thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai

2005

Directed Academy Award nominated film "Brokeback Mountain," a powerful love story of two young men, which spans over 30 years

2003

Helmed the feature adaptation of "The Incredible Hulk"

2001

Directed "Chosen," one of five short film advertisements for BMW shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com

2000

Garnered international acclaim with martial arts fantasy drama "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; also produced; film earned Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director

1999

Helmed the post-Civil War-era epic "Ride With the Devil"

1997

Earned widespread critical acclaim for "The Ice Storm"

1995

Directed first English-language film "Sense and Sensibility," written by and starring Emma Thompson; film received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture

1994

Helmed the critically acclaimed, "Eat Drink Man Woman"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film

1993

Directed breakthrough film "The Wedding Banquet"; first film from Taiwan to earn a Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award nomination

1992

Directed first full-length feature "Pushing Hands"; first collaboration with Good Machine (Ted Hope and James Schamus)

1984

Thesis film "Fine Line" won Best Film and Best Director at NYU's film festival

1982

Filmed the short "Shades of the Lake"; won Best Drama Award in Short Film in Taiwan

1982

First film job, an assistant cameraman on Spike Lee's NYU student thesis film "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads"

1978

At age 23, moved to U.S. to attend college

Completed the Republic of China's mandatory military service

Born and raised in Taiwan

Bonus Trivia

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Discussing a prominent theme in his work, Lee told The New York Times (Sept. 21, 1997): "On the one hand, family is about security and warmth – you cuddle together. On the other hand, family is about restraint. When the social impulse is to be liberated, where does the family go?"

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