Ang Lee was born in Taiwan in 1954 and moved to the United States in 1978 where he received his BFA from the University of Illinois and MFA in film production from New York University. In 1983, at the Taiwanese Golden Harvest Film Festival, Lee won the Best Narrative Film award for his film Dim Lake. In 1992, Pushing Hands won Best Film in the Asian-Pacific Film Festival and won three Golden Horse awards. In 1994, The Wedding Banquet was awarded Berlin's top prize, the Golden Bear. In 1995, Ang Lee directed Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet, with a screenplay by Thompson. The film won the Oscar for Best Screenplay Adaptation, the Golden Bear Award, as well as Golden Globes for Best Screenplay and Best Film. In 1996, he completed the Ice Storm which was selected for competition in the 50th International Film Festival in Cannes (1997) and won the award for Best Screenplay Adaptation. Ang Lee has just completed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a story of two women, both capable fighters, whose fates intertwine during the Ching Dynasty.
Last Updated: 9/14/09