Birthplace: Pingtung, Taiwan
Ang Lee first gained fame for his second feature film The Wedding Banquet (1993), which was described as “a cross-cultural, gay Green Card, comedy of errors,” it became the first film from Taiwan to earn an Academy Award nomination for best foreign-language film. Next, he directed his first English-language feature film, the critically acclaimed Sense and Sensibility (1995) and followed that success with The Ice Storm (1997), also well received critically. In 1999 he did Ride With the Devil and returned to his native language in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, starring Yun-Fat Chow. In addition, Lee wrote the screenplay for Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994), which also received an Academy Award nomination for best foreign-language film. Brokeback Mountain (2005), based on an E. Annie Proulx story and starring Jack Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, earned him an Oscar statuette.