YUN ZOO OH
7 June, 2013
Delicate gaze of strangers: Director Ang LEE
Last year, 2012, the movie “Life of Pi” was released all over the world. Upon release,
Life of Pi became a critical and commercial success, earning over $600 million worldwide
(“IMDb”). At this year, 2013, Academy Awards it had eleven nominations, including Best
Picture, and won four (the most for the evening) including Best Director for Ang Lee. It was
also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards which included the Best Picture Drama and
the Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (“Wiki”). This
wasn’t first time won an Academy Award for best director for Director Ang Lee. His film
Brokeback Mountain also won in 2006. Many Asian are proud of him as become one of
today's greatest contemporary filmmakers in Hollywood which is most exclusive industry to
the other race. Many people were impressed with how he overcome the his Asian culture
background and made American or Western culture movies.
Ang Lee was born in Pingtung, Taiwan, on October 23, 1954. Early on, Lee showed a
preference for the arts and for drama in particular; however, his father, a school administrator
and stern patriarch, strongly dissuaded him from pursuing the arts and demanded that he
follow what was considered a more intellectual, honorable profession (Berry, 2005). He grew
up as the son of a typical Chinese family, but his movie genre is very various. He didn’t limit
the genre on his China or Taiwan background. He even dramatize Jane Austin novel which is
Sense and Sensibility (1995). This movie background is totally Western culture. His most
remarkable cinematic talent is his movies show the good insight of American society and
history rather than other American directors’ movies. If there is no directed by Ang Lee on
credit line, It could believe that the movies subject made by the American director.
Ang Lee movies consist with several themes that make a distinction as his movies.
His Trilogy called by “Father knows Best” contain the story of his father who has tradition old
fashion mind. In his moives, father always isolated looks like my father or Asian culture father.
According his interview in New York, While Lee's films are diverse in terms of subject matter,
certain themes and motifs continually emerge within them. The pressures of family and
society are given expression in his work by way of examining the conflicted relationships that
exist among wives, partners, children, and different examples of filmic “father figures,” many
of whom have an overbearing and unhealthy influence on those around them. Lee has
reflected on this focus, noting that in addition to giving his films more emotional and
psychological complexity, it also offers him an artistic means by which to work through his
relationship with his own father (Berry, 2005, 336).
He has also examined the repression—both conscious and unconscious—of
heterosexual and homosexual desire in characters forced to function within the restrictive
boundaries of what are often stifling social constraints. For Lee, repression is a fundamental
element that is woven through all of his work, one that he believes humanizes his characters
and helps to drive the storylines of his films (Crothers Dilley, 2007).
To director Ang Lee oneself, the theme of identity is very important. He was always a
outsider. He wasn’t Native Taiwanese so his family treats like stranger in society, and in
China he was Taiwanese like stranger again. When he came to America, he has language
problem so he couldn’t do what he want. This situation was reflected in his films, and it
makes his movies special. His movies are harmony of Asian and Western culture. Work Cited
“Ang Lee” IMDb. Web. 6 June. 2013.
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“Ang Lee” WikiPedia. Web. 6 June. 2013.
Berry, Michael. “Ang Lee: Freedom in Film.” In Speaking In Images: Interviews with
Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
Dilley, Whitney Crothers. The Cinema of Ang Lee. London: Wallflower, 2007.
Puckett, Caleb. "Lee, Ang." Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Philip C. DiMare. Vol. 2. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 717-718. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 June 2013.
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