Ang Lee was born on October 23, 1954, in Chaochou, Pingtung, Republic of China. In his early life, he could not get through university entrance exams and, so, pursued a degree at an arts school. After completing his study there, he moved to the USA.
He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1980 and enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts. He could not get a work during this time and had to stay home for six years writing screenplays without getting any major acknowledgement.
Ang Lee sent two scripts he had written to a competition organized in his home country. The two scripts, "Pushing Hands" and "The Wedding Banquet" earned the first and second places respectively. This gave him the opportunity to direct the movie from the first script. "Pushing Hands" enjoyed high critical
appraisal. In 1993, Ang Lee directed "The Wedding Banquet" and it was nominated for an Oscar.
The next movie he directed was "Eat Drink Man Woman" of 1994 which earned another set of awards and success - both commercially and critically.
He next directed the movie "Sense and Sensibility", adapted from Jane Austen's novel. The movie was a huge success and ended with 56 awards in total. After that he did two other movies and, then, he directed "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". The movie was nominated for 10 Oscars and earned more than any movie in foreign language film in the USA.
However, the curve went downhill after that. His next two directions, including the "Ride With the Devil" suffered millions in losses. But, Ang Lee made up for that with the movie "Brokeback Mountain" of 2005. This earned him his first Oscar in category of Best Director.
Why is he famous?
Ang Lee is famous as the Taiwanese-American director of the movies "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain". He is also an Oscar winner.
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"Personally, I don't like doing press, but once a film is on the Oscar track, for half a year you're fighting the same battle."
- Ang Lee
Life in Brief:
- Being born on Oct 23, Ang is a Scorpio.
- his ethnicity: Asian.
- his mother's name: Si-chuang Yang Lee.
- his father's name: Sheng Lee.
- Brother : Kang Lee.
Ang Lee had studied at Tainan First Senior High School, Taiwan City, Taiwan (in 1971) and then he attended the Drama, National Taiwan University of Arts, Ban Ciao City, Taiwan (in 1975).
Ang dated Janice Lin (wife).
Famous Why : Brokeback Mountain.
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