Ang Lee

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though he drew many of his influences from Asian cinema, director Ang Lee transcended his Taiwanese heritage to make films in such diverse settings as 19th century England and early-1970s Connecticut to hit upon the ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1954 in Chaozhou, Pingtung, TW

Filmography

Director (16)

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 (9)

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 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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)

Actor
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)

Biography

Though he drew many of his influences from Asian cinema, director Ang Lee transcended his Taiwanese heritage to make films in such diverse settings as 19th century England and early-1970s Connecticut to hit upon the universal differences when culture, society and sexual mores collide among the generations. After earning his master's degree in film from New York University and playing househusband for several years while his microbiologist wife forged her career, Lee emerged onto the international film scene with "The Wedding Banquet" (1993), his second feature and first to earn an Academy Award nomination. From there, he directed a series of strong, confident films that crossed all cultural barriers, including the adaptation of Jane Austen's popular novel, "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, and "The Ice Storm" (1997), which depicted a dysfunctional family in 1970s New England on the cusp of tragedy. But perhaps his greatest triumph came when he returned to his Chinese roots with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), a stunning period epic that deftly balanced heartfelt romance with exquisite martial arts action. Following a misguided step into comic book action territory with "The Hulk" (2003), he returned to form with the subtle and heartbreaking "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), which depicted a homosexual romance between two ranch hands, and "The Life of Pi" (2012), both of which demonstrated that Lee was the rare director able to communicate universal themes regardless of time, setting or culture.

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

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

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

1982

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

1978

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

Born and raised in Taiwan

Completed the Republic of China's mandatory military service

Bonus Trivia

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"I see a director as a great seducer, who can organically observe things and try to control them. Maybe I don't have to build it into a dictator situation. I believe a group effort under close control is the best way to work for me." – Lee to Directors Guild of America magazine, September/October 1997

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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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"Movies and my family are the most important things to me. I try to keep them balanced, but my family has made sacrifices for my work. Because movies involve people who out their dreams on my shoulders, it's something larger than my own life. It's a tough balancing act, like that trick where you try to keep plates whirling on poles without dropping them. It's very Chinese!" – Lee quoted in Interview magazine, September 1997

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"Sense and Sensibility" producer Lindsay Doran described the reaction of that film's cast to The Los Angeles Times, (Oct. 12, 1997): "[British actors are] used to directors who are either mean and rude or gentle and nice; but having a director who's gentle and nice but also rude was a new experience for them."

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