Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (李安) is scheduled to return home on Wednesday next week to attend the Taiwanese premiere of his latest film Life of Pi accompanied by the film’s lead actor Suraj Sharma, the film’s distributor said yesterday.
Both the Taiwan-born director and the teenage Indian star felt they had developed a close bond with Taiwan after filming the 3D movie here, film studio 20th Century Fox said.
Working with a production crew of global talent in Taiwan meant a lot to them, the company said, adding that they will express their gratitude to fans and all the people who helped them during filming when they visit next month.
The highly anticipated fantasy drama was adapted from Canadian author Yann Martel’s 2001 best-selling novel of the same name.
Using computer-generated imagery, the films tells the story of a 16-year-old boy who survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days with an orangutan, a hyena, a wounded zebra and a tiger called Richard Parker.
At the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28, Lee said that “Taiwan did everything” for him during filming and said he was offered enthusiastic help throughout the process.
He also said that he was touched by the assistance and felt proud to be able to shoot the film in his homeland.
“I couldn’t have done it without being in Taiwan,” he said.
Life of Pi is due to be released wordwide on Nov. 21.
Lee was nominated in 2000 for a best director Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍), before winning the award with his 2005 hit Brokeback Mountain.