Ang Lee was born in 1954 in Taipei. He graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts and studied theater acting at the University of Illinois and film production at New York University. Mr. Lee made his directorial mark with the “father knows best” trilogy PUSHING HANDS, THE WEDDING BANQUET, and EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN. BANQUET won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and nominations from the Golden Globes, the Oscars, BAFTA and others.
Mr. Lee was voted the year’s Best Director by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle for directing SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, which also garnered a Golden Bear award. His other films for Hollywood include THE ICE STORM, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, and the runaway success CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, which became the highest grossing foreign-language film ever released in the U.S. CROUCHING TIGER earned award nominations across the board and won four Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director at the Golden Globes, and four British Academy Awards including Best Director. He also directed HULK, an adaptation of the comic book character the “Incredible Hulk,” Mr. Lee is widely known for his work on a cowboy love story, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.