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Ang Lee

Taiwanese director, screenwriter and film producer

Ang Lee is ...


Born 23 October 1954 in Chaozhou
Age 68 years, 5 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Taiwan
Father Lee Sheng
Sibling Gang Lee
Spouse Jane Lin
Child Mason Lee and Haan Lee
Occupation film director, screenwriter, writer and film producer
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, European Film Award for Best Non-European Film and European Film Award for Best Non-European Film
Residence White Plains and New York City
Notable work Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil, Chosen, Lust, Caution, Taking Woodstock, Life of Pi and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Awards Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Directors Guild of America Award, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Horse Award for Best Director, Golden Horse Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Golden Lion, Golden Bear, Golden Bear, Order of Brilliant Star, AAAS Fellow, National Board of Review Award for Best Film, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and Asia's Most Influential Taiwan
Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Educated at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, National Taiwan University of Arts and University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts

About Ang Lee

Ang Lee: The Master of Cinematic Storytelling

Ang Lee is a Taiwanese-born director, screenwriter, and film producer who has become one of the most respected and successful filmmakers in the world. Born on October 23, 1954, in Pingtung, Taiwan, Lee grew up in a family of educators and studied theater and film at the National Taiwan College of Arts before moving to the United States to pursue his career.

Lee's first feature film, "Pushing Hands," was released in 1992 and won the Best Film award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival. He gained international recognition with his second film, "The Wedding Banquet," which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Lee's subsequent films, including "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Sense and Sensibility," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Brokeback Mountain," and "Life of Pi," have received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including multiple Oscars. Lee is known for his ability to tell compelling stories that explore complex themes and emotions, often through the lens of different cultures and perspectives.

Lee's work has been praised for its visual beauty, emotional depth, and technical innovation. He has been recognized for his use of groundbreaking technology, such as 3D and high frame rates, to enhance the cinematic experience. Lee's films have also been noted for their strong performances, with actors such as Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Heath Ledger, and Suraj Sharma delivering standout performances in his films.

In addition to his filmmaking career, Lee has been a vocal advocate for diversity and representation in the film industry. He has spoken out about the need for more opportunities for women and people of color in all aspects of filmmaking, and has been a mentor to many aspiring filmmakers.

Lee's impact on the film industry has been significant, and his contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In 2013, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival, and in 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Ang Lee's career has been marked by a dedication to storytelling and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in cinema. His films have touched audiences around the world and have left a lasting impact on the art of filmmaking.


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