By Panos Kotzathanasis
The most renowned Taiwanese director is considered among the greatest filmmakers of all time, in a rare occasion where an Asian director manages to be so successful in the West and particularly in Hollywood, having won two Oscars for his direction, and countless others from festivals all over the world.
Ang Lee started his studies on the National Arts School, where he graduated in 1975. In 1979, after finishing his military service, he went to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theater in 1980. After that, he enrolled at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he received his MFA in film production.
In 1982, Lee finished the 16mm short film “Shades of the Lake (1982), which won the Best Drama Award in Short Film in Taiwan, while his thesis work, “Fine Line” (1984), won NYU’s Wasserman Award for Outstanding Direction and was later selected for the Public Broadcasting Service.
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. The winning screenplays brought Lee to the attention of Hsu Li-kong, a recently promoted senior manager in a major studio. Hsu, a first-time producer, invited Lee to direct “Pushing Hands,” a full-length feature that premiered in 1991.
The success of his debut, both among critics and commercially, was a testament to what was about to follow, with Lee continuing to have bigger and bigger success with each film he shot. Here are his 13 films, ranked from worst to best.
13. Hulk (2003)
Everyone deserves a blunder, and Lee’s came when he took on Marvel’s famous superhero, although the film was a commercial success, grossing over $245 million worldwide.
From:: Taste Of Cinema