Ang Lee

Ang Lee

Posted on January 15, 2015

From his birth in Taiwan in 1954 to his career directing some of Hollywood’s most celebrated movies like Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi.

Oct. 23, 1954
Ang Lee is born in Pingtung, Taiwan.

1971
He graduates from Tainan First Senior High School.

1975
He graduates from the National Taiwan College of Arts.

Late 70s
He leaves Taiwan to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and graduates with a B.F.A. in Theatre/Theater Direction.

1980
He attends New York University and graduates with a Masters Degree in Film Production.

1983
He marries Jane Lin.

1984
His wife Jane Lin gives birth to Haan Lee.

1984
For the next six years he is unemployed. He works as a house-husband, taking care of the kids and house choirs.

1990
His wife Jane Lin gives birth to Mason Lee.

1992
He directs Pushing Hands.

Aug. 4, 1993
He directs The Wedding Banquet.

Aug. 3, 1994
He directs Eat Drink Man Woman.

Dec. 13, 1995
He directs Sense and Sensibility, starring Hugh Grant.

May 12, 1997
He directs The Ice Storm, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, and Christina Ricci.

Sept. 9, 1999
He directs Ride with the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire.

May 16, 2000
He directs Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He says: “Making a martial arts film in English to me is the same as John Wayne speaking Chinese in a western.”

2001
He gets a Golden Globe for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

June 17, 2003
He directs Hulk, starring Lou Ferrigno, Stan Lee, and Nick Nolte. “Personally I do believe everyone has a Hulk side. That’s by my definition the survival instinct, the alter-ego. It’s so scary and violent that we have to cover it up we can look at ourselves in the mirror and relate to other people, to enable us to deal with social life. It doesn’t have a logic – that’s the kind of Hulk I would like to touch … ”

Sept. 2, 2005
He directs Brokeback Mountain, based on the story by E. Annie Proulx and starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams. “There’s a private feeling to the movie, an intimate feeling. I think eventually everybody has a ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in them. Someone you want to come back to. And of course, some people don’t come back.”

2006
He wins a Golden Globe for Brokeback Mountain.

Jan. 2006
He wins the Directors Guild of America Award for Brokeback Mountain.

March 2006
He wins the Academy Award for Best Director for Brokeback Mountain.

2007
He directs Lust, Caution, a spy thriller based on the novella of the same name by Eileen Chang.

November 2012
He directs Life of Pi, a movie adapted from the novel of the same name by Yann Martel.

Jan. 2013
He wins the Academy Award for Best Director for Life of Pi.

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