3 Ang Lee Movies Better Than The Hulk
Although he may not have fared well at the box office telling the tale of a superhero, rest assured there are at least three Ang Lee movies better than "The Hulk." A two-time Oscar winner as of 2011, Lee’s directorial career stands out for its remarkable diversity. After being raised in Taiwan, Lee came to the United States to pursue a filmmaking career. Since then his work has covered the British aristocracy, ancient China and gay cowboys. Here are three Ang Lee movies that will make you forget “The Hulk.”
"Sense and Sensibility" - Nominated for seven Academy Awards, this lush, funny and sorrowful adaptation of Jane Austen’s second novel heralded Lee into the international director category. The sisters Dashwood, practical Elinor (Emma Thompson) and passionate Marianne (Kate Winslet), lose their father, their childhood home and any hope of a dowry in quick succession. Yet life has its compensations in the handsome faces of floppy-haired Hugh Grant, a delectable Greg Wise and the romantically wistful and elegant Alan Rickman. Lee captures the dry wit of Austen and allows broad strokes of emotion. It’s a lovely, heartfelt film that never gets cloying or saccharine.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - An epic martial arts fantasy about the disappearance of a magical jade sword, this film gave Lee a breathtaking canvas of movement, natural beauty and war. Ang Lee used Yuen Woo Ping, the fight choreographer from “The Matrix,” to stage elegantly fierce battles while staying true to the “wuxia” genre traditions. The story itself is simple. Chow Yun-Fat plays a martial arts master in nineteenth century China who is ready to lay down his sword even though his nemesis Jade Fox has not been vanquished. With remarkable performances by Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi and a sublime Chow Yun-Fat, the story unfolds and dazzles with an array of gravity defying fight sequences. The film eventually won four Academy Awards, including Foreign Language Film.
"Brokeback Mountain" - Two people fall in love,but external forces keep them apart, and tragedy ensues. Whether the lovers are called Romeo and Juliet, or happen to be two cowboys in the woods of Wyoming, tragic love stories ask the question about the forbidden. Back in Shakespeare’s time, it was about family loyalties. In “Brokeback Mountain,” it’s good old American prejudice that keeps these two soul mates apart. Two lonely souls share a bottle of bourbon on a bitterly cold night and then have the best sex of their lives. They just happen to be men at a time when folks get murdered for that. Ang Lee won his Best Director Oscar for his telling of this harsh love story.