I've wondered that since Brokeback Mountain. It was so beautifully filmed and so accurate that I suspect that Ang Lee, himself, is gay.
Not just Brokeback: Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, The Wedding Banquet - if you told me any of those films was directed by a gay man I wouldn't bat an eye.
I know what you mean. Life of Pi was so beautiful that I'm convinced he's a tiger.
No. A gay man would not have kept Eric Bana covered up for most of "Hulk."
No, just Chinese.
Not gay. Which totally surprised me. I just assumed he was based on the movies he directs. But, nope. Straight. Go figure.
Superb director, with the rare ability to work in a variety of cultures. He handled Jane Austen's Englishwomen as sensitively as he handled 20th century gay cowboys.
He's married and has kids, but he does come from a place where being openly gay isn't done. Gay or not, Taiwanese men are expected to marry, have kids, and stay married.
He is straight with a rare artistic sensibility.
Were he gay I'm certain it would have been scored with campy Mama Cass songs.
Ang has explained that he feels a kinship with gays because as an Asian, he's an outsider too.
Cunt Shirley Maclaine was asked about BBM, and said she wondered why Ang would do that movie, asking "who cares about gay cowboys?" She respected his talent and thought he wasted it on a gay-themed movie. I'd love to link the quote here but the link went dead years ago.
R10 Re: Maclaine: As opposed to two middle-aged hags (and not all women are hags, but those two were), one a washed-up ballerina who puts on airs, the other a never-was who is probably where nature intended her to be--Tulsa? I mean, who really cared about them, since that film (which has not aged well, if it ever seemed to have any class or artistry to begin with, which I doubt, as I don't quite trust my 19 year-old-self's response to it when it came out) couldn't muster a single Oscar--at least BBM (which I admit I loved) managed three (and deserved a couple more, arguably).
I remember, in an interview, Debra Winger rolled her eyes and said "are we going to have to spend the whole year hearing about her turning 50?" I knew what she meant--maybe Shirl should have picked one of her previous lives and gone back there.
There was a relatively brief period when her pretty limited range as an actress served her well (she was heartbreakingly appealing in "The Apartment," and I begrudgingly acknowledge that I admired her Aurora in "Terms," a surprise return after no one had really heard much from her as an actress for years)--but it was not a career that was either consistently strong nor with any dynamism. And I think she thought she was a lor smarter than she actually was.
"Terms" was unwatchable, esp. the cliche ridden weepy ending. Jeff Daniels was miscast as a college prof and Maclaine essentially played a brittle version of the daffy girls she usually played. She was good in "The Apartment", but did too many wacky pixies.
Why do we have this exact same thread every single year?
Wasn't his first big film The Wedding Banquet? and the Woodstock movie has a lot of gay themes too.
Lee is an artist. Rare in films, but they do exist.
Ang Lee is not Chinese, he can trace his American heritage all the way back to his great, great grandfather Robert who was a general in the confederate army. Their family home is today the focal point at Arlington National Cemetery. Ang is short for Thang which was his nickname from showering at the Gym. He doesn't brag about his famous grandmother, Gypsy Rose, but she too was quite the sensitive performer. I don't know where this Taiwanese/Chinese stuff came from.
Does he work at a nail salon?
The movie he made with his sister, China (using the nom de porn Leon Gucci)
One of his first films was the Wedding Banquet another movie with a gay theme. I know hard for some to believe but there are few straight men out there sensitive enough to understand homosexuality without being gay.
What exactly was accurate about Brokeback? Two guys had drunken sex with no lube or foreplay and then somehow were "in love" for the rest of their lives even though they hardly ever saw each other. Huh?
Beautifully filmed though, okay, sure.
LOL@R20 you bad girl!
Love you, R20!
r24 Don't you feel "Brokeback Mountain" was a re-telling of "Romeo and Juliet? I sure do.Two people, in love, pulled and kept apart due to family, societal pressures,bigotry, etc. I think it was a very believeable film. The "shirt sniffing" scene at the parent's house broke my heart. Many in the theater were in tears. Give it another look sometime, I believe you'll see things that you were not aware of initially.
"Brokeback was so good, I thought Lee must be gay."
Why stop there, OP, here's some other thoughts:
The Ice Storm was so good, Lee must be a 70s American teenager with neurotic parents.
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman was so good, Lee must be a great chef with daughter issues.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was so good, Lee must be able to fly through the sky while kickboxing.
Life of Pi was so good, Lee must be an Indian kid lost at sea making friends with a lion.
Sense and Sensibility was so good, Lee must be a Jane Austen heroine who falls off a horse and gets critically ill.
[quote]Sense and Sensibility was so good, Lee must be a Jane Austen heroine who falls off a horse and gets critically ill.
No, that's Jerry Bruckheimer.
I've wondered that since The Wedding Banquet. And then, Brokeback Mountain.
He certainly seems to take an interest in "unconventional" sexualities (Lust, Caution).
Seems to me he makes a difference between sex/passion and what he calls love, which belongs in marriage.
His films are good, but I wonder if he's not pretty conservative. Hard to tell. He certainly is very skilful in expressing sensibilities.
In Emma Thompson's published journal about the making of "Sense and Sensibility," she recalls being on location for weeks, at one point on the coast. She and Lee are both standing and gazing at the sea when he suddenly says "Tide goes in, tide goes out...still no sex."
Was he talking about being away from his wife? Thompson assumed so, but...
Goodfellas is such a great film; I wonder if Scorsese is secretly a cold-blooded murderer?
There seems to be some very heavy PR work for Ang Lee not to be perceived as homosexual. Not that I really care that much, he's a good director.
And Robert Zemeckis is seriously underrated.