Monday, 25 February 2013

Kudos to Ang Lee

Lee making his acceptance speech for Best Director at the Academy Awards
We want to wish director Ang Lee a big congratulations on Life of Pi.

He now has two Academy Awards for Best Director and now the first Asian director to have not just one, but two Oscars under his belt.

Admittedly I have not watched Life of Pi yet, but I did read the book by Canadian Yann Martel.

When I heard about the screen adaptation of the novel I was intrigued, but pleased Lee would direct it.

His imagination knows no bounds as with the case of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Who can forget the magical fighting scene between Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun-fat in the bamboo forest?

And the mouth-watering food being prepared in the opening scenes of Eat, Drink, Man, Woman?

Life of Pi won four Oscars on Sunday night
In Life of Pi, he managed to translate the fictional tale of a boy stranded on a boat with a tiger on screen thanks to CGI, but also his keen ability to coax amazing performances out of his actors. How else do you make first-time actor Suraj Sharma filming in a giant pool with a boat really look like he has to deal with a dangerous tiger?

Another aspect of Lee is that he refuses to be pegged into a certain kind of genre. He has covered such a wide range of subjects, from Jane Austen's England (Sense and Sensibility) to superheroes (Hulk), to gay relationships (Brokeback Mountain) and cross-cultural ones (The Wedding Banquet).

Lee seems keen to try an interesting project that comes his way and undeterred by challenges. Perhaps they fuel his creativity even more.

We also love his sensitivity and imagination that make his pictures so memorable.


  1. I'm happy too that Ang Lee won again at the Oscars. Still think though that he should have won for Best Director in 2000 (and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" in the Best Film category too).

    Re "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon": I like the film a lot but to me, the bamboo forest scene was one of the weakest fight scenes -- because Chow Yun Fat didn't quite convince me as being able to balance atop the bamboo without the help of wires. Brigitte Lin (as Asia the Invincible in "Swordsman II", etc.) on the other hand...

    Also, you should check out "A Touch of Zen" -- whose bamboo forest fight scene Ang Lee has said he was inspired by. :)

  2. Not being the movie expert that you are, I don't know about A Touch of Zen! CTHD was the first wuxia movie I'd seen and was captivated by it!

  3. Just wondering: what other wuxia movies have you seen since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"? (And maybe you might want to borrow some of my DVDs... ;b)

  4. Uh none... you know me! Don't like fighting scenes with blood and gore!