If you haven’t seen Life of Pi yet, I recommend dropping everything you have including this blog, and GO. It was truly incredible. The visual effects, the story, the actors — and yes, I cried. This post brings me even more love into my heart for this movie. The writer explains all the struggles that Ang Lee went through to get to where he is now. I am sure there was a lot of hardship, uncertainty and disappointment on the way. He held on just like Pi and battled whatever came his way. From “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” to “Sense and Sensibility,” and “Brokeback Mountain,” we can truly see how talented he is. Each movie is worlds different from one another. This was my favorite movie of the year, and I am so happy it got the recognition it deserved.
Recently I was going through some old things I had put away for safekeeping, and I found these:
In 1993 I interviewed film director Ang Lee before the US premiere of his second movie, “The Wedding Banquet,” at the Seattle International Film Festival (at the time I was editor of the International Examiner and we were one of their media sponsors). At the time, Lee was an unknown in the U.S., an anomaly as a Taiwan-born immigrant director in the United States, mostly notable for having been the NYU classmate of the more famous director Spike Lee.
Nearly two decades later, it’s Ang Lee who’s up at Sunday’s Academy Awards for Best Picture (his fourth nomination) and Best Director (his third), for “Life of Pi.” And in terms of overall tally, “Life of Pi” (11 nominations) trails only Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (12 nominations).
It’s hard not to root for Lee…
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