Ang Lee is undoubtedly one of the most prominent names in Hollywood. He is the first person of Asian descent who won the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Director.
Besides, he is the only director in the history of cinema who won both the Golden Bear and Golden Lion Awards a number of times.
Lee is known for movies that explore the relationships and conflicts between tradition and modernity such as "The Wedding Banquet" and "Eat Drink Man Woman."
Some of his movies also deal with repressed, hidden emotions like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Hulk," and "Brokeback Mountain."
As the renowned director-producer celebrates his 61st birthday, here is a glimpse of five of his movies that you can't afford to miss.
1. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000)
A martial arts movie, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was released in 2000 and was co-produced by American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese production houses. The movie was adapted from the fourth novel of a pentalogy known in China as the "Crane Iron Pentalogy" written by novelist Wang Dulu. Yuen Wo Ping choreographed the martial arts action sequences.
2. 'Pushing Hands' (1992)
"Pushing Hands" released in 1992 was Ang Lee's first feature film. Together with Ang Lee's two following films, The Wedding Banquet (1993) and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), it completed his "Father Knows Best" trilogy.
The movie deals with conflicts between two generations; one older and more traditional and the other to do with the next generation, the children. It explores how both generations confront a world of change.
3. 'Life of Pi' (2012)
"Life of Pi" is a American adventure drama movie based on Yann Martel's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an Indian character named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel who lives in Canada and tells a novelist about his life and how he survived a shipwreck in which his entire family died.
Afterwards, he tells about the time when he was stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a life-boat with a Royal Bengal tiger whom he had named Richard Parker.
4. 'Brokeback Mountain' (2005)
Adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx, "Brokeback Mountain" is a 2005 American romantic drama film that depicts the complex sexual and emotional relationship between two men.
"Brokeback Mountain" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Best Picture and Best Director at the British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards among others.
5. 'Hulk' (2003)
"Hulk" is a American superhero movie that released in 2003. It is based on the Marvel Comics' character of the same name. The movie was directed by Ang Lee with Eric Bana playing the titular character of Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk.
The movie deals with the origins of Bruce Banner who turned into a green-skinned monster after a lab accident that involved gamma radiation. The monster overcame Bruce whenever he got angry.