ANG LEE "I pray to the movie God"

EARLY LIFE & CAREER

DIRECTORIAL STYLE

“How can you resist working with Emma Thompson? In [Sense and Sensibility] I didn’t think I did anything new for myself as a filmmaker, but I was bringing myself up to a new level. For an eastern director, it was the first significant western movie. Sense and Sensibility scared me because I had to prove I can endure a studio production, I can direct English language, I can work with a movie star, and so on.”

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director in 2005

LIFE OF PI

Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director in 2013

“There is more than one way to make movies. To me it has to be led by emotion. That’s the only thing I could trust when making a movie. Emotions serve characters’ purposes. That is their motivation. Or at least it’s my safety net. The times you just don’t know what to do, every day people are asking you hundreds of questions: what should we do about this? The that? If we can’t do this, what about that? You have to have something centered around you, and to me, that’s always emotion. I’m an emotional person; maybe I rely on it. Maybe I’m melodramatic, I don’t know.”

BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK

“We need storytelling. Otherwise, life just goes on and on like the number Pi.”

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