Film Director: Ang Lee

Born in Taiwan, trained in the U.S., filming everywhere--making movies that speak a universal language

So Ang Lee is America's best film director, eh? Best--well, fine--but American? Lee, who was born and raised in Taiwan; who brings a very Mandarin delicacy to his subjects; who has shot most of his features in distant climes (Taipei for Pushing Hands and Eat Drink Man Woman, rural England for Sense and Sensibility, mainland China for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon); who has never made a movie in Hollywood; and whose name, correctly put, is Lee Ang...That Ang Lee?

Yes, America gets to claim him--as he claimed it 24 years ago, when he went to college in Illinois. Soon he was...

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