Ang Lee

Ang Lee

Highest Rated: 100% Pushing Hands (1992)

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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Filmography

Movies

Credit
27% 83% Gemini Man Director $48.5M 2019
86% 83% I Am Heath Ledger Self - 2017
43% 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
72% 84% Lust, Caution Director,
Producer
$4.6M 2007
88% 82% Brokeback Mountain Director $83.0M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Last Ride Executive Producer - 2003
62% 29% Hulk Director $132.1M 2003
No Score Yet 69% Chosen Director - 2001
97% 86% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Director,
Producer
$128.1M 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% 82% Pushing Hands Director,
Writer,
Producer
$9.6K 1992

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2009