Ang Lee quotes

Born
23 October 1954, Chaozhou, Pingtung, Taiwan.

Occupation
Director, screenwriter.

Ang Lee is a director and screenwriter.

I’m such a late bloomer.
– Ang Lee
I try to please everyone.
– Ang Lee
As artists, we like night more than day sometimes.
– Ang Lee
Every movie I make. That’s my hideout, the place I don’t quite understand, but feel most at home.
– Ang Lee
Sometimes, you have to get angry to get things done.
– Ang Lee
On a Chinese film you just give orders, no one questions you. Here, you have to convince people, you have to tell them why you want to do it a certain way, and they argue with you. Democracy.
– Ang Lee
American films are less American every day, because you have to please a world audience. There’s less authenticity, so it’s more accessible.
– Ang Lee
In Taiwan, I’d be like Michael Jordan walking down the street.
– Ang Lee
When I see something I like, that’s all that counts. What they use, how they get there, I never bother them.
– Ang Lee
I feel like all of my characters now take this congested situation, they clash, and from there you purge yourself.
– Ang Lee
Now I’m kind of established as a director, I much prefer directing to writing.
– Ang Lee
I was never romantic in real life. That is why I have to make movies about it.
– Ang Lee
Making a martial arts film in English to me is the same as John Wayne speaking Chinese in a western.
– Ang Lee
When there is a strong woman character in a story – that always grabs me.
– Ang Lee
Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.
– Ang Lee
I’m experienced enough to know that the hardest thing to tell is an epic short story; slices of life that add up to an epic feeling.
– Ang Lee
I think I can work with any type of actor.
– Ang Lee