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Whitney Crothers Dilley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167734

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167734.001.0001

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Ang Lee as Director

Ang Lee as Director

His Position in Asian and World Cinema

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(p.21) Two Ang Lee as Director
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The Cinema of Ang Lee
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Whitney Crothers Dilley

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167734.003.0002

This chapter considers Taiwanese-born Hollywood director Ang Lee's position in Asian and world cinema. It first examines the characteristics of Lee's cinema, from globalization and cultural identity to homosexuality, patriarchy, feminism, and family. It then reviews the history of transnational Chinese cinema and Taiwan cinema, along with the characteristics of Taiwan New Cinema. It also evaluates Lee's position in Taiwan New Cinema; the historical context of his Academy Awards for Best Director that he won for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi; his influences as a director; his collaboration with American independent film producer James Schamus; and his miscellaneous projects. The chapter concludes by discussing Lee's place in the deepening relationship between American and Asian cinema.

Keywords:   film, Hollywood, Ang Lee, world cinema, Chinese cinema, Taiwan New Cinema, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi, James Schamus, Asian cinema

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