Five Favourite Films with Ang Lee

The Oscar-winner explains his picks.

Ang Lee

The rule that no two Ang Lee movies are ever the same is confidently kept intact with the release of his latest, Taking Woodstock, a comedy about the true story behind the Woodstock music festival in 1969. It follows romantic wartime drama Lust, Caution and the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain on the director's CV and arrives in UK cinemas this week.

As RT sits down with Lee to ask his five favourite films, he's keen to point out that if we'd asked him another day we'd have received an entirely different list. "It's a hard one to answer," he tells us. "I could give 50, or 100. I'll throw out 5 that come into my head."


Comments

Premo Beat

John Noto

What a list from a REAL DIRECTOR to contrast that garbage Emmerich just spewed out.

Nov 12 - 09:37 AM

Nathaniel

Julian DeBerry

He had some great films on his list. Just because they're tossed around constantly, doesn't mean they're "garbage".

Also, I'm surprised Ang Lee didn't mention The Virgin Spring, seeing how he had a little introduction for it on the DVD.

Nov 12 - 10:28 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

I didn't say the films he mentioned were garbage, I was trying to convey that he clearly put very little effort into both the choosing of his films and the descriptions of his feelings about them, in stark contrast to Lee who seemed to give a genuine faves list as well as well though out reasoning.

Agree with dj Mark. I would add Lust, Caution to his list of directorial excellence.

Nov 12 - 01:50 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

John, directors are busy enough. U expect a treatise of some sort?...

Nov 12 - 03:19 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Also, it's a little strange that his work does not resemble his favorites whatsoever. If you ask Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson, GDT, Scorcese, or most any other *respectable* director to list their 5 faves, you are most certainly going to get an intelligent response, likely including films that obviously inspire the work of said director. Which of Emmerich's picks were the inspiration for the garbage that he churns out on a regular basis?

Nov 12 - 02:00 PM

rooster9

Semi Aboud

Actually, he did mention Virgin Spring. Read his comments.

Nov 15 - 12:43 PM

rooster9

Semi Aboud

Actually, he did mention Virgin Spring. Read his comments.

Nov 15 - 12:43 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Indeed, John. I absolutely love how he stated that on a different day we would have an entirely different list. Now THIS is the kind of response I can expect from a thinking man. :-)

Nov 12 - 02:56 PM

Jordan W

Jordan Wilson

Haha, I don't understand!

Nov 12 - 06:48 PM

Jordan W

Jordan Wilson

Too many people are smug and pretentious about these lists! Chill guys, be nice!

Nov 12 - 06:51 PM

Jordan W

Jordan Wilson

Too many people are smug and pretentious about these lists! Chill guys, be nice!

Nov 12 - 06:52 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Nice list.

Nov 12 - 09:38 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I've only seen 3 so this must be a classy list.

Nov 12 - 09:42 AM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Love the Bicycle Thief!

Nov 12 - 10:00 AM

uniform

David Michael Kurt

No Godfather, Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia? Could this be a real list of favorite films that wasn't found by googling "Best Films Ever".

I have only seen 3 on Mr. Lee's list, but I have respect for him.

Nov 12 - 10:05 AM

Nathaniel

Julian DeBerry

He had some great films on his list. Just because they're tossed around constantly, doesn't mean they're "garbage".

Also, I'm surprised Ang Lee didn't mention The Virgin Spring, seeing how he had a little introduction for it on the DVD.

Nov 12 - 10:28 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

I didn't say the films he mentioned were garbage, I was trying to convey that he clearly put very little effort into both the choosing of his films and the descriptions of his feelings about them, in stark contrast to Lee who seemed to give a genuine faves list as well as well though out reasoning.

Agree with dj Mark. I would add Lust, Caution to his list of directorial excellence.

Nov 12 - 01:50 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

John, directors are busy enough. U expect a treatise of some sort?...

Nov 12 - 03:19 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Also, it's a little strange that his work does not resemble his favorites whatsoever. If you ask Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson, GDT, Scorcese, or most any other *respectable* director to list their 5 faves, you are most certainly going to get an intelligent response, likely including films that obviously inspire the work of said director. Which of Emmerich's picks were the inspiration for the garbage that he churns out on a regular basis?

Nov 12 - 02:00 PM

rooster9

Semi Aboud

Actually, he did mention Virgin Spring. Read his comments.

Nov 15 - 12:43 PM

rooster9

Semi Aboud

Actually, he did mention Virgin Spring. Read his comments.

Nov 15 - 12:43 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Aside from CROUCHING TIGER, ANG LEE can't direct.

NO; that's not fair:

Crouching Tiger's a SUPERB film masterpiece. . . whatever zone Ang Lee was in while doing Crouching Tiger I want him to find it again.

2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY!!!!!!!!
I wrote a 20-page paper on 2001 my first year in college;

there is A LOT going on in 2001. Check out THE LOST WORLDS OF 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke.
It used to be a $100.00 rare book but now its $3.74 on amazon.

Nov 12 - 11:01 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Sorry, can't disagree more, GORDO. The Ice Storm, Sense & Sensibility, and Brokeback ALL prove he most certainly CAN DIRECT.

Nov 12 - 12:48 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Well goddamnit, let me just go ahead and state it again then. After Lust/ Caution, Sense & Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain, Ice Storm, and even Hulk to an extent, it's pretty silly at this point to suggest that Lee "can't direct".

Nov 12 - 03:13 PM

Cameron H.

Cameron Harvey

What a list. I've seen Bicycle Thieves and 2001, and I'm seeing Persona in my film class in a few weeks. And yes, compared with Roland Emmerich (the poor German man's Steven Spielberg), this shows class and understanding of cinema. Bravo to Ang Lee, and I can't wait for Life of Pi.

Nov 12 - 12:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Ang Lee was extremely elaborate and self explanatory, "Lebanon" is the only movie I haven't seen yet, and after reading what he says is really arising my curiousity what that film is like.

Nov 12 - 12:25 PM

Robert K.

Robert Kimberlin

The first 30 minutes of 2001 put me to sleep.

Nov 12 - 12:25 PM

Wall E.

Wall E

Any list with 2001: A Space Odyssey on it is a great list, I don't care if the other four are Baby Geniuses, From Justin to Kelly, Son of the Mask, and Gigli.

Nov 12 - 12:31 PM

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Nov 12 - 12:39 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Damn right Ang. Give Kubrick the worship he deserves. Excellent list.

Nov 12 - 12:48 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Sorry, can't disagree more, GORDO. The Ice Storm, Sense & Sensibility, and Brokeback ALL prove he most certainly CAN DIRECT.

Nov 12 - 12:48 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Well goddamnit, let me just go ahead and state it again then. After Lust/ Caution, Sense & Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain, Ice Storm, and even Hulk to an extent, it's pretty silly at this point to suggest that Lee "can't direct".

Nov 12 - 03:13 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

I didn't say the films he mentioned were garbage, I was trying to convey that he clearly put very little effort into both the choosing of his films and the descriptions of his feelings about them, in stark contrast to Lee who seemed to give a genuine faves list as well as well though out reasoning.

Agree with dj Mark. I would add Lust, Caution to his list of directorial excellence.

Nov 12 - 01:50 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

John, directors are busy enough. U expect a treatise of some sort?...

Nov 12 - 03:19 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Also, it's a little strange that his work does not resemble his favorites whatsoever. If you ask Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson, GDT, Scorcese, or most any other *respectable* director to list their 5 faves, you are most certainly going to get an intelligent response, likely including films that obviously inspire the work of said director. Which of Emmerich's picks were the inspiration for the garbage that he churns out on a regular basis?

Nov 12 - 02:00 PM

Escapefromalcatraz

william thresher

Dj Mark - don't you better than to try and disagree with Gordo? :)
That being said... this is a great list. I have seen three of these films and they're stunning. Funny, they're not my top 5, but you know what? Brokeback Mountain IS on my top 10. So, I tip my hat to a true auteur.

Nov 12 - 02:03 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Indeed, John. I absolutely love how he stated that on a different day we would have an entirely different list. Now THIS is the kind of response I can expect from a thinking man. :-)

Nov 12 - 02:56 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Well goddamnit, let me just go ahead and state it again then. After Lust/ Caution, Sense & Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain, Ice Storm, and even Hulk to an extent, it's pretty silly at this point to suggest that Lee "can't direct".

Nov 12 - 03:13 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

John, directors are busy enough. U expect a treatise of some sort?...

Nov 12 - 03:19 PM

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