By Emmie G. Velarde
Chinese-American filmmaker Ang Lee is planning a movie in the Philippines. The multi-Oscar awardee announced this Thursday night when he faced an awed crowd of admirers, Filipino movie directors and journalists in an open forum at an upscale mall cineplex.
An invitational screening today of Ang Lee’s triumphant “Life of Pi” will place Filipino admirers within gawking distance of the Oscar-winning director, whom the late eminent US film critic Roger Ebert described as “one of the wisest and kindest men I’ve met.”
Renowned Taiwan-born filmmaker Ang Lee is Manila-bound as a guest of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, which is presenting “A Salute to Ang Lee” with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, 20th Century Fox and the Film Cultural Exchange Program.
“Life of Pi” actor Suraj Sharma credits director Ang Lee with setting him on a path to continue with a career in movies.
By Nestor U. Torre
The biggest and most unexpected winner at last week’s Academy Awards was Ang Lee, who trounced Steven Spielberg in the Best Director race with “Life of Pi,” vis-a-vis Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was generally expected to romp off with the directing and Best Picture trophies, but did no such thing because the topmost plum went to “Argo,” instead! —So, “Lincoln” was the evening’s top loser,—a most undeserved fate.