Lee gives Pi wider ap­peal

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Lee says he worked hard to give his $US100 mil­lion ($A96.42 mil­lion) art house film Life of Pi ap­peal for gen­eral au­di­ences. ‘‘As an art house film, you can ex­plore the philo­soph­i­cal is­sues,’’ the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor says. ‘‘But for a pop­u­lar film, we also need to make the au­di­ence feel touched – and that was the dif­fi­cult part.’’ Lee says ini­tial re­ac­tion to the film in­di­cates his ‘‘risky ex­per­i­ment’’ will prove a success. He says cop­ing with an­i­mals on a roil­ing sea was a prob­lem – one he solved by film­ing in 3D. ‘‘As a new tech­nol­ogy, 3D gives the film ad­di­tional ap­peal,’’ he says. Much of the film was shot in Tai­wan, Lee’s home. He says one of the key set­tings – a large water tank built at a stu­dio in the cen­tral city of Taichung – al­lowed the 150-strong for­eign crew to use its imag­i­na­tion freely. ‘‘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 says.

Ang Lee

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