05/29/2013, 00.00
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Ang Lee: Being a "thin and small boy" helped him understand and sympathises with the weaknesses of others

by Xin Yage
In meetings with journalists and movie buffs, the Oscar-winning director of 'Life of Pi' talks about how he lives his profession. Now he will pick his new project, helped by the fact that everyone is looking for him.

Taipei (AsiaNews) - After winning the Academy Award for Best Director award in 2012, Ang Lee (李安) went back to Taiwan for a week to spend Mother's Day with his own mother in Taichung. On that occasion, Taiwan's Ministry of Culture organised two special events to pay tribute to the great director, including a live video feed with journalists, friends, fans and movie buffs.

After a thanking Taiwan for the logistic support it provided him during the production of 'Life of Pi', Ang Lee answered a question about how he lives his profession. "I face my weakness bravely, because vulnerability is the nature of who I am, and it is the foundation of my every success," the Oscar-winning director Lee said.

The Taiwanese-born director said that he might look confident and successful onstage, but that he has been through numerous failures. As a vulnerable man, he has shown this trait in his films.

"I was a thin and small boy when I was in elementary school, very timid and quick to burst out in tears. I cried at least once a day," Lee said as he reminisced about his past. Hence, because he was so exposed, he understands and sympathises with other people's weaknesses.

However, the feeling of fear is all but forgotten when he is front of a camera. "I face my weakness, and I will completely put myself into the film, which gives me strength and makes me strong . . . . My vulnerability has made me a stronger man."

For Lee, movie making is an endless adventure, and he is prepared to devote the rest of his life to the film industry.

Making money by making movies is not the most important thing to him. What matters, he said, is the capability and opportunity to direct movies that tell a real story.

Now Ang Lee will turn to other adventures in the coming months. "Now it is even easier. After the success at the Oscars, everyone is looking for you with very interesting and diverse proposals," he told the audience enchanted by his words and genuine humbleness.

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