Ang Lee

A flowering of Asian cinema

Chinese director Jia Zhangke. Photo: Xinhua

Asian movies fared so well at this year's Cannes International Film Festival that it is tempting to say the region's cinema has come of age. Chinese director Jia Zhangke headed the list with the best screenwriting prize for A Touch of Sin, followed by awards for entries from Japan, Singapore and Cambodia.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

Postcard: Los Angeles

Ang Lee with the best director award forLife of Pi at the Oscars.Photo: MCT

Last Sunday night, Ben Affleck's Argo was named the best motion picture of the year at the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony while Ang Lee received the best director honour for Life of Pi.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:01pm

Ang Lee's Oscar shows Asian cinema has come of age

Ang Lee holds his award for Best Director for 'Life of Pi' at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Party. Photo: Reuters

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee competed against the likes of Steven Spielberg and won his second Oscar for best director for Life of Pi. While he was not the hands-down favourite, his victory was not a complete surprise, either. With Lee, Asian cinema has come of age.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am 3 comments

Taiwan cheers Ang Lee's Life of Pi Oscar success

Director Ang Lee shows his affection for his Oscar for Best Director. Photo: Reuters

As Lee thanked his team and his wife, Jane Lin, when accepting the award on stage, Taiwan's people rejoiced at his victory over strong contenders, including Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and Michael Haneke (Amour). In 2005 Lee won the best director award for Brokeback Mountain, the gay cowboy love tragedy.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:35am

Ang Lee mulls directing historical epic ‘Cleopatra’

Photo: EPA

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said on Saturday he will “probably” accept an offer to direct historical epic “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie, after the Hollywood actress wrote to him asking him to come on board.

Lee, whose 3D adventure “Life of Pi” has earned 11 Oscar nominations, said he would read the script before making a decision but the project was “very attractive”.

19 Jan 2013 - 5:40pm

Movie review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi is one of the most cinematically stunning movies ever made. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Life of Pi is a best-selling and award-winning novel by Canadian author Yann Martel. The story revolves around an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel who finds himself stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck. I know from past experiences that either reading the book before watching the movie adaptation, or vice versa, is a losing proposition.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Ang Lee talks about risks and spirituality of 'Life of Pi'

Taiwan director Ang Lee and Indian actor Suraj Sharma. Photo: AFP

Gay cowboy drama “Brokeback Mountain” may have been considered a risky film to make, but director Ang Lee said his new movie, “Life of Pi,” a 3D exploration of faith about a boy stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger, is his riskiest yet.

24 Nov 2012 - 10:38am

Springtime for Hitler somewhere over a law awards rainbow

Made offshore?

There was unexpected entertainment at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards recently. The high point of the evening was a lifetime achievement award for former secretary of justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie, who surprisingly failed to win the standing ovation some might feel she deserved. This may not be unconnected with her recent reproaches of the judiciary.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:59am 1 comment

Ang Lee's wild ride to bring 'Life of Pi' to the screen

Ang Lee says the 3-D format helped him realise the complexities of Life of Pi, much of which focuses on a young Indian boy and his struggle to survive the wild seas and even wilder animals adrift with him.

As Ang Lee tells it, he was destined for the difficult task of turning Yann Martel's philosophical novel Life of Pi into a film.

25 Nov 2012 - 5:16pm

Talking Points

A court in St Petersburg hears a US$10.5 million suit against Madonna.

Battle lines drawn at European summit

22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am

Film Postcard: New York

Director Ang Lee (right) and star Suraj Sharma attend the screening of Life of Pi. Photo: Reuters

Eclectic, progressive, traditional, and nostalgic are among the somewhat contrasting adjectives that could be applied to the New York Film Festival (NYFF), which, for the past 17 days, has been celebrating its 50th birthday. These qualities have never been so evident as in this expanded celebratory edition, which finishes today.

14 Oct 2012 - 10:39am

'Lust' not Taiwanese enough for foreign Oscar

If Ang Lee's latest hit, the made-in-China spy thriller Lust, Caution, is to win an Oscar, it will have to go up against the best of Hollywood, as did his previous, made-in-America epic Brokeback Mountain, for which Lee won the best director award.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Ang Lee tells young filmmakers not to let market limit creativity

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

'I wish she would do nothing. Retirement means not having a job.'

Archie Chan Tai-wing, husband of former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang after she announced her intention to run in the Legco by-election

'I feel honoured ... and if it's worthwhile and necessary, I would do it again.'

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Asian-Americans start thinking - and shooting - outside the box

New York

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am