Ang Lee

Film Director
Born Oct 23, 1954

Ang Lee is a Taiwanese-born American film director. Lee has directed a diverse set of films such as Eat Drink Man Woman,Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000,which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), Hulk (2003), and Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. He is the first person of Asian descent to win the Best Director Oscar.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ang Lee.


1954 Birth Born on October 23, 1954.


1975 20 Years Old But after failing the exam twice, to the disappointment of his father, he entered a three-year college, the National Arts School (now reorganized and expanded as National Taiwan University of Arts), and graduated in 1975. … Read More
1979 24 Years Old After finishing his mandatory military service in the Republic of China Navy (ROCN), Lee went to the US in 1979 to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his bachelor's degree in theater in 1980. … Read More
1983 28 Years Old Lee lives in Larchmont, in Westchester County, New York, with his wife Jane Lin, a microbiologist, whom he married in 1983. … Read More


1990 35 Years Old In 1990, Lee submitted two screenplays, Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet, to a competition sponsored by Taiwan's Government Information Office, and they came in first and second, respectively. … Read More
1991 36 Years Old Hsu, a first-time producer, invited Lee to direct Pushing Hands, a full-length feature that debuted in 1991. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Hsu invited Lee to return to Taiwan to make Eat Drink Man Woman, a film that depicts traditional values, modern relationships, and family conflicts in Taipei. … Read More
1999 44 Years Old In 1999, Li-Kong Hsu, Lee's old partner and supporter, invited him to make a movie based on the traditional “wuxia” genre concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old In 2003, Lee returned to Hollywood to direct Hulk, his second big-budget movie after the disappointment of Ride with the Devils restricted release. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old Lee decided to take on a small-budget, low-profile independent film based on Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-finalist short story, Brokeback Mountain. In a 2005 article by Robert K. Elder, Lee was quoted as saying, "What do I know about gay ranch hands in Wyoming?" In spite of the director's removal from the subject at hand, Brokeback Mountain showcased Lee's skills in probing the depths of the human heart. … Read More
2006 51 Years Old In 2006, following his Best Director Oscar, Ang Lee was bestowed the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon, the second highest civilian honour, by the Taiwanese government. … Read More
2007 52 Years Old Lust, Caution captured the Golden Lion from the 2007 Biennale Venice Film Festival, making Lee the winner of the highest prize for the second time in three years (Lee is one of only four filmmakers to have ever won the Golden Lion twice). … Read More
2009 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Lee was chosen as president of the jury for the 2009 edition of the Venice Film Festival that took place from September 2 to 12, 2009.
2012 57 Years Old The movie made its commercial premiere during the Thanksgiving weekend of 2012 in the US and worldwide and became a highly critical and box office success. … Read More
In 2013, he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
2014 59 Years Old On September 18, 2014, it was announced that Lee will direct the movie version of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, his first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life of Pi.


2015 60 Years Old In December 2015, it was announced that the project, tentatively titled Thrilla in Manila, was indeed his next project once he finished his work on Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. … Read More
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