Ang Lee has spent many years and around $100m bringing the Yann Martel novel Life of Pi to life but the movie is now on the verge of hitting the big screen. Life of Pi has had its difficulties and Ang has revealed how he had to take it from an Art House film, to one that will be popular with movie goers.
Ang explained, “As an art house film, you can explore the philosophical issues. But for a popular film, we also need to make the audience feel touched, and that was the difficult part.” Lee also admits that he was pleased with the help that he and the rest of the crew received on Taiwan, “I was relieved that they enjoyed their work in Taiwan. ... We couldn't have made the film if it were not here because of all the help we received,” he added.
Life of Pi centres around a young man who is the lone survivor of a disaster out at sea and finds himself at the centre of an epic adventure. While stuck out at sea, the young man develops a surprising connection with another survivor of the disaster, a Bengal tiger.
Ang Lee’s Life of Pi stars Gerard Depardieu, Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Rafe Spall, to name just a few. Life of Pi has received plenty of positive feedback so far and is set to be released in the US on November 21 before then being released in the UK on December 20.