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Born: October 23, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chaozhou, Pingtung, TW Profession: Director ...


Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) won the Academy Award as the Best Foreign Language Film.

On "The Ice Storm": "At times I felt like I was making a disaster movie, which is a very 1970s thing, because there is the natural disaster of the ice storm, as well as the human disaster they're all heading towards" --Ang Lee to the London Times, February 4. 1998.

"I see a director as a great seducer, who can organically observe things and try to control them. Maybe I don't have to build it into a dictator situation. I believe a group effort under close control is the best way to work for me." --Ang Lee on his directorial style to DGA Magazine, September-October 1997.

"Sense and Sensibility" producer Lindsay Doran described the reaction of that film's cast to Los Angeles Times, (October 12, 1997): "[British actors are] used to directors who are either mean and rude or gentle and nice; but having a director who's gentle and nice but also rude was a new experience for them ... "

Discussing a prominent theme is his work, Ang Lee told The New York Times (September 21, 1997): "On the one hand, family is about security and warmth--you cuddle together. On the other hand, family is about restraint. When the social impulse is to be liberated, where does the family go?"

"Movies and my family are the most important things to me. I try to keep them balanced, but my family has made sacrifices for my work. Because movies involve people who out their dreams on my shoulders, it's something larger than my own life. It's a tough balancing act, like that trick where you try to keep plates whirling on poles without dropping them. It's very Chinese!" --Ang Lee quoted in Interview, September 1997.

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