Ang Lee is a Taiwanese-origin filmmaker who has provided an immense contribution to the American cinema too, as a screenwriter, director, and producer. For his immense contribution to world cinema, Ang Lee has bagged the highest civilian award by the Republic of China in the year 2006 and he received this award ‘Order of Brilliant Star’ (OBS) in 2013.
Ang lee is the first Asian to receive Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and even ’Golden Bear’ (German) and ‘Golden Lion’ (Italian). Lee’s every film explores the Eastern and Western traditions and emotional charges of the sub-continents and promotes international racism. Lee made his debut in Taiwanese film in the year 1992. His first film was ‘Pushing Hands’ and then he followed with two other movies subsequently. In the year 1993, the director made another film ‘The Wedding Banquet’ in Chinese and English language. It was this film that got him international recognition. The film dealt with gay character and the movie won him Golden Bear in Berlin International film festival. It was a film that had joint production of two states, America, and China.
In 1994, the director made a Taiwanese movie 'Eat Drink Man Woman' which won Asia Pacific Film Festival Award and was nominated for Academy Awards too. Each of these films opened Ang Lee’s path to Hollywood. In 1995, Lee had directed an American movie 'Sense and Sensibility' which was an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name. This movie is still recognized as one of the beast Austen adaptation of all time. The film credited British actress
Emma Thompson to do the screenplay and even enact the role of Elinor Dashwood, and this role fetched her Academy Awards nomination. It is said that actress Thompson spent five years developing the screenplay,screenplay; this won her the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film not only received widespread critical praise but also became one of the highest-grossing films of Thompson's career.
This film won Lee second Golden Bear award in Berlin festival. 'Sense and Sensibility' had won seven Oscar nominations. In 1997 and 1999, Lee directed two more Hollywood films 'The Ice Storm' and ‘Ride wWith tThe Devil’. After damp squib of ‘Ride wWith tThe Devil’, Ang Lee had made a comeback with a martial art film ‘'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000) that released in Taiwan, China, and the United States even. The film was highest box office film of the year In 2003, he again moved to Hollywood to direct a movie named 'Hulk' which was again a highest grossing film in Hollywood.
After directing a high budget film ‘Hulk’, Lee decided to direct a small budget film ‘'Brokeback Mountain” which won eight Oscar nominations and won Lee his first Academy Award for Best Director. This film also won two more Oscar Awards – one for Best Adapted Screenplay and another for Best Original Score . This film was a commercial success too because it was one of the highly acclaimed LGBT-related films of 2005. ‘'Brokeback Mountain” even won 'Golden Lion' at the Venice Film Festival.
After this movie, he again directed a Taiwanese film ‘Lust, Caution' which was an erotic thriller movie to be produced by Ang Lee. This film won Lee second 'Golden Lion' in Venice Film Festival. In 2002, the director-cum-producer Ang lee made ‘Life of Pi’ which had Tabu,
Adil Hussain and many more Indian actors. This film fetched for Lee once again an ‘Academy Award’ for Best Director. In addition, the film won Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay Award too. Ang Lee would be back soon with his upcoming American movie ‘Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk’ which will release in the end of 2016. He was born on October 23, 1954, and is married to Jane Lin. The couple has two sons, Haan, and Mason. He is one of the tenth richest celebrities in Hollywood now.