Ang Lee

Ang Lee’s Oscar Win Fuels Angst in China

Ang Lee’s ‘Best Director’ Oscar victory for Life of Pi on Sunday met a rapturous reception on Taiwan, where he was born. In an editorial proclaiming the “coming of age” of Asian cinema, the South...

Video: Director Ang Lee on the Making of “Lust, Caution” 色,戒

In December 2007, Asia Society interviewed Ang Lee and Tang Wei, the famous director and lead actress, respectively, of the erotic espionage thriller “Lust, Caution” which won Best Film at the Chinese-language Golden Horse Awards as well as the Venice Film Festival. [Click to see] – Read also previous news The Most Misread Person of […]

The Most Misread Person of 2007: Ang Lee – Qiu Liben (邱立本)

In a long and impassioned essay, Asia Weekly’s top editor takes critics on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to task for failing to understand what pan-Chinese director Ang Lee accomplished with his 2007 blockbuster “Lust, Caution.” Translated by ESWN: Never has any movie drew such extreme responses from the opposite sides of the political […]

Cinephiles Pack Your Bags – Howard W. French

While one frustrated fan has famously sued, many more movie-lovers have gotten around the censorship of Ang Lee’s award-winning film Lust, Caution by going to Hong Kong to see the full version. So writes Howard French in the New York Times: Travelers have made their way to Hong Kong to see movies before, of course, […]

Lee Film Sweeps Taiwan ‘Oscars’ – BBC

From BBC: Ang Lee‘s controversial spy thriller Lust, Caution has won a host of prizes at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan. The World War II drama was named best picture at the annual event – seen by many as the Chinese-language equivalent of the Academy Awards….[Full Text] [Image: Ang Lee received two Golden Horses […]

Ang Lee Acknowledges Editing New Film For Political Reasons – AP

From AP, via International Herald Tribune: Ang Lee said Saturday he edited a line in the mainland Chinese version of his new spy thriller “Lust, Caution” at the request of censors, to make the main female character appear less of a traitor to the Chinese. The Oscar-winning director had said earlier he cut sexually explicit […]

Filmgoer Sues Beijing Censors Over Cuts – Mure Dickie

The Financial Times has another report about the lawsuit filed by a filmgoer over cuts made to Lust, Caution: When Chinese censors got through with the new Ang Lee film Lust, Caution , it was less about lust and more about caution. But the decision to order the excision of seven minutes of explicit and […]

China Censors Sued For Cut Steamy Sex Scenes – Ian Ransom

From Reuters, via Washington Post: A Chinese moviegoer is suing China’s film watchdog in frustration with the censored version of Ang Lee’s steamy World War Two drama “Lust, Caution,” Beijing media reported on Wednesday. …Dong Yanbin, a Ph.D student at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, had filed a suit against […]

Lust Lost In (Beijing’s) Translation – Kent Ewing

From Asia Times: It is ironic that Beijing’s latest campaign to turn the world’s most populous country into a sexless nation coincides with the release across Asia of Ang Lee’s award-winning film, Lust, Caution, which takes eroticism to new heights in Chinese-language cinema. While Lee’s co-stars – veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and […]

Ang Lee Gets Second Golden Lion at Venice Festival – Gina Doggett

Unlike Ang Lee‘s film Brokeback Mountain’s unsuccessful experience in China, this time his film Lust Caution will be launched in China. Brokeback Mountain touched on a subculture, homosexuality, and was banned from being shown in the country. Similarly, Ang Lee had to edit out the controversial sexual scenes for the Chinese version of Lust Caution. […]

The Big Ang – China Daily

From China Daily via China.org: Some directors dazzle us with films that are slick, cool and stylish. Ang Lee‘s are none of those things especially but instead reveal the wisdom of a truly great storyteller. Who would imagine that a Chinese-language kungfu film would conquer the heart of mainstream America as well as sweep up […]

Lust, Caution to Screen in China Despite Sex Scenes – China.org

Ang Lee‘s new film “Lust, Caution (Ëâ≤Êàí)” will be showing in both North America and China, via China.org: …The erotic spy thriller, adapted from a short story by the famed Chinese author Eileen Chang, will premiere in North America in late September. It has recently been given an NC-17 rating in the United States, signifying […]

“Lust Caution” to vie at Venice Film Festival – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Ang Lee‘s new film “Lust Caution Ëâ≤Êàí” has been invited to compete for a Golden Lion award at this year’s Venice Film Festival in August, the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post reported. All the cast members of the film are expected to attend the festival, which begins Aug. 29….[Full Text] – See trailer of […]

Ann Lee casts Tang Wei for “Lust, Caution” – Shenzhen Daily

From Shenzhen Daily via Xinhua News Agency: Taiwanese director Ann Lee has finally decided to cast mainland actress Tang WeiÔºàʱ§ÂîØÔºâ as the female lead, Wang Jiazhi, in his new film “Lust, Caution,ÔºàËâ≤ÊàíԺ┠according to Tuesday’s Shenzhen Special Zone Daily. “Lust, Caution” marks Lee’s return to Chinese-language films after several English-language productions including “The Hulk” and […]

Ang Lee to Direct Lust, Caution Next – Focus Features

From Comingsoon Net (link): Ang Lee has pacted to make his second consecutive film, following his Academy Award win for directing Brokeback Mountain, with Focus Features. Lee will next direct Lust, Caution(Ëâ≤Êàí), an espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai. Bill Kong, who previously produced Lee’s hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(ÂçßËôéËóèÈæô), will produce the new film […]

Lee says training is key to revive movie industry – Su Chueh-yu

From Taiwan Headlines (link): Taiwan’s next generation of filmmakers can reinvigorate the sagging Taiwan film industry by training more screenwriters and producers who can fully exploit various aspects of both Chinese and Taiwanese culture, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (ÊùéÂÆâ) said on Thursday. “Taiwan’s film industry does not lack money or directors. However, it could use […]

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