If you have heard of Ang Lee, you may be aware of his ground-breaking accomplishments as the first Asian director to win an Oscar (2006, Brokeback Mountain) and a Golden Globe (2001, Life of Pi), but did you know he is also a late bloomer? He directed his first film, The Pushing Hands, at the age of 38, and, Sense and Sensibility, his first English-language film was released when he was 41. It wasn’t until he was 51 when he won an Oscar as best director for Brokeback Mountain.
Ang Lee spent years on his education before attempting to start his directorial career. He was graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975. He then moved on to study at the University of Illinois and finally New York University.
He is known for his movies The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, and Life of Pi.