Lee gives Pi wider appeal
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.