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      Ang Lee

      Ang Lee

      Highest Rated: 100% Hollywood Chinese (2007)

      Lowest Rated: 27% Gemini Man (2019)

      Birthday: Oct 23, 1954

      Birthplace: Pingtung, Taiwan

      Though he drew many of his influences from Asian cinema, director Ang Lee transcended his Taiwanese heritage to make films in such diverse settings as 19th century England and early-1970s Connecticut to hit upon the universal differences when culture, society and sexual mores collide among the generations. After earning his master's degree in film from New York University and playing househusband for several years while his microbiologist wife forged her career, Lee emerged onto the international film scene with "The Wedding Banquet" (1993), his second feature and first to earn an Academy Award nomination. From there, he directed a series of strong, confident films that crossed all cultural barriers, including the adaptation of Jane Austen's popular novel, "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, and "The Ice Storm" (1997), which depicted a dysfunctional family in 1970s New England on the cusp of tragedy. But perhaps his greatest triumph came when he returned to his Chinese roots with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), a stunning period epic that deftly balanced heartfelt romance with exquisite martial arts action. Following a misguided step into comic book action territory with "The Hulk" (2003), he returned to form with the subtle and heartbreaking "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), which depicted a homosexual romance between two ranch hands, fantastical drama "The Life of Pi" (2012), and anti-war drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" (2016), all of which demonstrated that Lee was the rare director able to communicate universal themes regardless of time, setting or culture.

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      BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, director Ang Lee on set, 2005, (c) Focus Features RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, Jewel Kilcher, director Ang Lee, on set, 1999. ©Universal LIFE OF PI, director Ang Lee on set, 2012, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. ICE STORM, director Ang Lee, Sigourney Weaver on set, 1997, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, Director Ang Lee, on set, 2005, ©Focus Films BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Director Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, on set, 2005, ©Focus Films BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, director Ang Lee on set, 2005, (c) Focus Features BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Heath Ledger, Director Ang Lee, on set, 2005, ©Focus Films BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Jake Gyllenhaal, Director Ang Lee, on set, 2005, ©Focus Films BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK, from left: Joe Alwyn, director Ang Lee, on-set, 2016. ph: Mary Cybulski/©TriStar LIFE OF PI, director Ang Lee, on set, 2012. ph: Peter Sorel/TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Heath Ledger, Director Ang Lee, on set, 2005, ©Focus Films GEMINI MAN, DIRECTOR ANG LEE AND WILL SMITH ON SET, 2019. PH: BEN ROSENSTEIN/© PARAMOUNT LIFE OF PI, from left: director Ang Lee, Suraj Sharma, 2012. TM and ©Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. LUST, CAUTION, (aka SE, JIE), cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, director Ang Lee, on set, 2007. ©Focus Features BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Heath Ledger, Director Ang Lee, on set, 2005, ©Focus Films THE HULK, Writer James Schamus, producer Avi Arad, producer Gale Anne Hurd, director Ang Lee on the set, 2003, (c) Universal LUST, CAUTION, (aka SE, JIE), director Ang Lee (left), Wei Tang (right), on set, 2007. ©Focus Features LUST, CAUTION, (aka SE, JIE), director Ang Lee (left), Tony Leung Chiu Wai (right), on set, 2007. ©Focus Features LUST, CAUTION, (aka SE, JIE), director Ang Lee, Tony Leung Chiu Wai (sitting, right), on set, 2007. ©Focus Features

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heath Ledger: A Tragic Tale Unknown (Character) - 2022
      27% 83% Gemini Man Director $48.5M 2019
      86% 84% I Am Heath Ledger Self - 2017
      44% 41% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Director,
      Producer
      $1.7M 2016
      86% 84% Life of Pi Director,
      Producer
      $125.0M 2012
      48% 47% Taking Woodstock Director,
      Producer
      $7.4M 2009
      73% 84% Lust, Caution Director,
      Producer
      $4.6M 2007
      100% No Score Yet Hollywood Chinese Unknown (Character) - 2007
      88% 82% Brokeback Mountain Director $83.0M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Last Ride Executive Producer - 2003
      63% 29% Hulk Director $132.1M 2003
      No Score Yet 68% Chosen Director - 2001
      98% 86% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Director,
      Producer
      $451.2K 2000
      64% 66% Ride With the Devil Director $630.8K 1999
      86% 82% The Ice Storm Director,
      Producer
      $7.9M 1997
      No Score Yet 83% Yang & Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Young Woman Named Xiao Yu Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1995
      97% 90% Sense and Sensibility Director $42.0M 1995
      88% 92% Eat Drink Man Woman Director,
      Screenwriter
      $7.3M 1994
      97% 87% The Wedding Banquet Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $6.9M 1993
      100% 83% Pushing Hands Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $9.6K 1992

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2009