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Ang LEE
Gender: Male
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Ang LEE is the first Mandarin director to have won an Academy Award for Best Director. He has the vision and capability of exploring different film genres and is able to tell stories from unique angles that differentiates him from other directors. He once said, "Making films is a reflection of oneself and I tend to deal with a lot of personal struggles in my work." In most of LEE's works, his life experiences unfold, whether it's depicting the differences of western and Asian cultures, exploring modern and traditional subjects, dynamics of sexuality or different film genres, he is able to find a middle ground, perceiving a universal understanding.
LEE was born in 1954 in Chaochou, at the very south of Taiwan. He had a childhood of extremely strict upbringing. His parents stressed the importance of education especially with the traditional values of Chinese culture. He graduated from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts (today's National Taiwan University of Arts), finished his mandatory military service and went abroad to study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained a B.A. in Theater. Motivated by his interest in directing, he completed his M.F.A in Film Production in New York University. His thesis film, 《Fine Line》 (1984) won not only Wasserman Award for Outstanding Direction in New York University, but also a contract from William Morris, one of the top three agencies in America. But it turned out to be a long and endless wait of six years before his big break came along.
In 1991, he wrote, directed and edited his first 35mm feature, 《Pushing Hands》 with a subvention from Taiwan's Government Information Office and in collaboration with Central Pictures Corporation. The film was a well-rounded depiction of the contrast and conflicts of how a modern westerner and Chinese family coincide. It won ten Golden Horse Awards nominations in1991 and the Best First Film at the Amiens International Film Festival in France in 1992. The next success was 《The Wedding Banquet》 which paved the path for LEE to become an international director. It not only received prestigious awards like the Golden Bear Award at the Berlinale and awards at other international film festivals, but was also a box office hit domestically and abroad. Other films that followed were 《Eat Drink Man Woman》, a film about life in Taiwan, 《Sense and Sensibility》, an adaptation of a classic of British literature and 《The Ice Storm》, presenting a dysfunctional family in America in the 1970s. All these films showed his ability to master diverse styles and won numerous awards.
However, with 《Ride with the Devil》, a film about the American Civil War, LEE had his first taste of box office failure. He then overwhelmed international film festivals with his award-winning Mandarin martial arts movie, 《Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon》, winning Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001 for Taiwan and obtaining an international box office success. In 2006, 《Brokeback Mountain》, a film about homosexual love, won an Academy Award for Best Director and became a box office hit. In 2007, 《Lust, Caution》, a bold sexual thriller about Chinese spies, won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2013, Ang LEE launched his first 3D film, 《Life of Pi》, which grossed more than six hundred million USD worldwide. With this film, he once more won Academy Award for Best Director, making him the only Asian director to win the award twice. He continues to confront new subjects and has an unquestionable influence as well as outstanding achievements in film culture. In 2007, Ang LEE started Pushing Hands program with his brother Khan LEE, a producer. The objective is to help Taiwanese new talents to make films starting from preproduction, production, post-production and finally to distribution, in the expectation of building a clear job division in the industry, improving the environment for filmmaking in Taiwan and incubating emerging talents in directing and screenwriting.

【FILMOGRAPHY】

1991 《Pushing Hands》
(1991)
Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Special Jury Prize
(1992)
Asia-Pacific Film Festival – Best Feature Film
Amiens International Film Festival – Best First Film

1993 《The Wedding Banquet》
Berlin International Film Festival – Golden Bear Award
Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Director,
Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay

1994 《Eat Drink Man Woman》
Asia-Pacific Film Festival – Best Picture, Best Editing
Cannes International Film Festival – Directors' Fortnight Opening Film

1995 《Sense and Sensibility》
(1995)
British Academy Film Awards – Best Film
(1996)
Berlin International Film Festival – Golden Bear Award
Academy Awards (Oscars) – Best Writing (Screenplay Based on a Material Previously Produced or Published)
Golden Globe Awards – Best Motion Picture – Drama

1997 《The Ice Storm》
Cannes International Film Festival – Best Screenplay

1999 《Ride with the Devil》

2000 《Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon》
(2000)
Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best
Action Direction, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing
British Academy Film Awards – Best Costume Design, Best Film not in the English Language, David Lean Award for Direction, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
(2001)
Golden Globe Awards – Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director
Academy Awards (Oscars) – Best Foreign Film, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score

2003 《The Hulk》

2005 《Brokeback Mountain》
(2005)
Venice International Film Festival – Golden Lion Award for Best Film
British Academy Film Awards – Best Film, David Lean Award for Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
(2006)
Golden Globe Awards – Best Director, Best Picture–Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Original Song
Academy Awards (Oscars) – Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score

2007 《Lust, Caution》
Venice International Film Festival – Golden Lion Award for Best Film, Best Cinematography
Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best New Performer, Best Screenplay Adaptation, Best Makeup & Costume Design, Best Original Film Score, Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year

2009 《Taking Woodstock》
Cannes International Film Festival – Competition

2013 《Life of Pi》
Academy Awards (Oscars) – Best Achievement in Directing, Cinematography, Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score and in Visual Effects
British Academy Film Awards – Best Cinematography, Best Special Visual Effects
Golden Globes Awards – Best Original Score – Motion Picture

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