Lee Ang pushes on through 4 after parties to support Taiwanese films

Exhausted director insists on greeting filmmakers after Golden Horse Awards

Ang Lee

After two years away from Taiwan, Taiwanese-American director Lee Ang returned to attend the recent 52nd Golden Horse Awards, and persisted through four different after parties to greet filmmakers and show his support for Taiwan’s movie industry.

The 61-year-old, known for helming Life of Pi and Brokeback Mountain among other award-winning films, ploughed through the various celebratory events on just six hours of sleep and ended his evening after 4 a.m. looking thoroughly exhausted.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin bagged five awards at the Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, and Lee Ang said, “Every time I attend the Golden Horse Awards it feels like I’ve come home. These awards are highly esteemed in the Chinese film arena, so I’m thrilled to take part, and I’m enjoying it despite the jetlag.”

The director has been busy this year with Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, an American comedy and drama film, his first movie project since Life of Pi in 2012. His younger son, Mason, 25, is acting in this picture, and Lee Ang praised the budding actor’s performance.

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