Famous Quotes By Ang Lee


  1. 3D is quite a lot more advanced in animated movies for live-action movies we're just taking baby steps, we're just in the beginning.
  2. After making several tragic movies in a row, I was looking to do a comedy, and one without cynicism.
  3. Economically, it's more expensive to make movies. I hope digital movies change that.
  4. I did a women's movie, and I'm not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I'm not gay. I learned as I went along.
  5. I don't have incredible knowledge about films or of filmmaking history I'm not that kind of person.
  6. I have a lot of repression. So repression is what I make movies about.
  7. I look at American movies, the big muscles, and try to apply that to Chinese film-making.
  8. I think a lot of people do big movies not because they are talented artists but because they can function in the circumstances.
  9. I think each movie-making process is a very exhausting and satisfying and fulfilling experience for me.
  10. I think I can work with any type of actor.
  11. I think the American West really attracts me because it's romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama.
  12. If there's something that can be formulated, regulated, give you security, then nobody would lose money. Every movie would be successful. And that's certainly not the case.
  13. I'm actually living my life with the material I choose to work with.
  14. I'm just a pretty regular dad.
  15. I'm not a romantic. In life I didn't have much experience with romance.
  16. In the past I've made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can't really hate them. You can discard them, but you can't really hate them.
  17. Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.
  18. My father was the center of the family, and everyone tried to please him.
  19. Over the years Woodstock got glorified and romanticised and became the event that symbolised Utopia. It's the last page of our collective memory of the age of innocence. Then things turned ugly and would never be the same again.
  20. Sensitivity and money are like parallel lines. They don't meet.
  21. Sexuality is a big issue, but there are others - how much you commit to a relationship, to social obligation, to honesty and being honest with yourself.
  22. Summer blockbusters are very expensive to make. They have things that have to be expensive, such as 600 effects shots or CG characters that have to go a certain way, or a film design that is different but expensive.
  23. The father figure is something I love, but also suffocate from and want to work against.
  24. The fear factor actually brings the genuineness.
  25. These days I'm mostly familiar with two parts of L.A.: one is movie culture, and the other is Asian culture. The Westside is work, and the Eastside is Chinese - which means my friends.
  26. Thinking back to those earlier days, I felt I was weak when I wasn't making movies, and then when I was, I thought I was weak as a family member.
  27. When I sent those scripts, that was the lowest point of my life. We'd just had our second son, and when I went to collect them from hospital, I went to the bank to try and get some money to buy some diapers, the screen showed I've got $26 left.
  28. You can get rich or famous by doing the same thing.



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