Quotes by Ang Lee

I am a shy person.
- Ang Lee
I do like challenge.
- Ang Lee
I'm quite lazy.
- Ang Lee
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I'm a storyteller.
- Ang Lee
Every movie is unknown.
- Ang Lee
I try to please everyone.
- Ang Lee
I'm a shy human being.
- Ang Lee
I'm such a late bloomer.
- Ang Lee
I think people are universal.
- Ang Lee
I think I prefer 3D to 2D now.
- Ang Lee
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I don't have a superpower.
- Ang Lee
I'm still a novice student.
- Ang Lee
I'm just a pretty regular dad.
- Ang Lee
Americans are hidden dragons to me.
- Ang Lee
You become the movie you are making.
- Ang Lee
I had to test a new terror in myself.
- Ang Lee
I was very quiet, very shy and docile.
- Ang Lee
I don't like to deal with studios.
- Ang Lee
I don't care about writing really.
- Ang Lee
I don't lead a Hollywood lifestyle.
- Ang Lee
My cultural roots are something illusive.
- Ang Lee
I think I can work with any type of actor.
- Ang Lee
I like to think I'm un-categorisable.
- Ang Lee
I hate to think life is just facts and laws.
- Ang Lee
My culture doesn't regard acting highly.
- Ang Lee
I'm a big boy now, and I have to deliver.
- Ang Lee
I don't know if I make the best gay films.
- Ang Lee
The fear factor actually brings the genuineness.
- Ang Lee
I find it hard to deliver straightforward things.
- Ang Lee
As artists, we like night more than day sometimes.
- Ang Lee
When something possesses me, I go ahead and do it.
- Ang Lee
I'm aware of what's missing from my life.
- Ang Lee
You can get rich or famous by doing the same thing.
- Ang Lee
Film study was considered disgraceful by my father.
- Ang Lee
I think a movie is a media that is evoking feelings.
- Ang Lee
Sometimes, you have to get angry to get things done.
- Ang Lee
My hometown was one of the major U.S. Air Force bases.
- Ang Lee
Everyone in the gay community doesn't think alike.
- Ang Lee
I'm not a master of films, I'm rather a slave.
- Ang Lee
I think life without spirit is in the dark, it is absurd.
- Ang Lee
I think great romance needs great obstacles and textures.
- Ang Lee
What is really a stretch to me is to make quick decisions.
- Ang Lee
I'm not macho, I'm not a Mel Gibson sort of person.
- Ang Lee
Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.
- Ang Lee
When I started out, nobody gave me scripts, so I had to write.
- Ang Lee
Fighting for identity is something that is very much in my life.
- Ang Lee
For six years, from 1985 to 1991, I felt pretty weak and useless.
- Ang Lee
I think that at heart I am an old-fashioned Chinese, really I am.
- Ang Lee
In Taiwan, I'd be like Michael Jordan walking down the street.
- Ang Lee
Emotions serve characters' purposes. That is their motivation.
- Ang Lee
Sensitivity and money are like parallel lines. They don't meet.
- Ang Lee
I like to do drama, something about life that could be disappointing.
- Ang Lee
I have a lot of repression. So repression is what I make movies about.
- Ang Lee
My father was the center of the family, and everyone tried to please him.
- Ang Lee
I'm actually living my life with the material I choose to work with.
- Ang Lee
When there is a strong woman character in a story - that always grabs me.
- Ang Lee
It's not a pleasure torturing actors, although some of them enjoy it.
- Ang Lee
Some actors give you what you want. Some you have to make do what you want.
- Ang Lee
For a filmmaker, it's a rare chance to do a personal film on a big canvas.
- Ang Lee
No matter how widely spread out the films are, how different, you still are you.
- Ang Lee
I'm not a romantic. In life I didn't have much experience with romance.
- Ang Lee
A movie is really provocation. It's not a message, it's not a statement.
- Ang Lee
Now I'm kind of established as a director, I much prefer directing to writing.
- Ang Lee
The father figure is something I love, but also suffocate from and want to work against.
- Ang Lee
I look at American movies, the big muscles, and try to apply that to Chinese film-making.
- Ang Lee
Economically, it's more expensive to make movies. I hope digital movies change that.
- Ang Lee
When I'm not working, I get very down, but when I am working, I get very immersed in it.
- Ang Lee
The way I go about a lovemaking scene is that we will talk about it during the rehearsing time.
- Ang Lee
I have two sons in America, and all they care about in Chinese culture is Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
- Ang Lee
Directing, I get all kinds of inspiration. It's working with people. It's a lot more fun.
- Ang Lee
After making several tragic movies in a row, I was looking to do a comedy, and one without cynicism.
- Ang Lee
I'm a drifter and an outsider. There's not one single environment I can totally belong to.
- Ang Lee
My mother loves me and everything goes well. I have no conflict with her, so that's not dramatic.
- Ang Lee
I think each movie-making process is a very exhausting and satisfying and fulfilling experience for me.
- Ang Lee
I don't have incredible knowledge about films or of filmmaking history; I'm not that kind of person.
- Ang Lee
Kids don't even read comic books anymore. They've got more important things to do - like video games.
- Ang Lee
I think the American West really attracts me because it's romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama.
- Ang Lee
When I see something I like, that's all that counts. What they use, how they get there, I never bother them.
- Ang Lee
I feel like all of my characters now take this congested situation, they clash, and from there you purge yourself.
- Ang Lee
I had to find my way of translating the excitement you get when you're reading comic books to the big screen.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
I don't think the Hulk is a superhero. He's the first Marvel character who is a tragic monster. Really an anti-hero.
- Ang Lee
I think a lot of people do big movies not because they are talented artists but because they can function in the circumstances.
- Ang Lee
I grew up pretty much prevented from knowing anything from Communist China except that they were the bad guys that stole our country.
- Ang Lee
The woman's perspective is like the dark side of the moon: it always exists, but it is never exposed, at least not in my culture.
- Ang Lee
The L.A. weather is a lot like Taiwan's, where you don't observe four seasons, so the years can pass and you don't feel a thing.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
There's only one movie in my career I've had regrets with cutting it shorter, and I think some scenes maybe I shouldn't have cut.
- Ang Lee
Many times when you make a movie, it feels like your biggest mistake. But even if a film isn't a hit, you shouldn't view it as a mistake.
- Ang Lee
I feel that everyone has a Hulk inside, and each of our Hulks is both scary and, potentially, pleasurable. That's the scariest thing about them.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
I guess in Hollywood you chart your life by Oscars. You say to each other, 'Remember when that movie won that year? It was 2006. Remember that?'
- Ang Lee
I grew up pretty peacefully, in that Eastern way. You easily solve problems, believe in harmony. Reduce conflicts, take orders until one day you give orders.
- Ang Lee
So many times you see beautiful lovemaking scenes with a lot of exposure or an awkward lovemaking scene, but I think it's very rare that you see it private.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
In my culture, there's a tradition that when you're in an overwhelming situation and you don't know what to do, you put yourself in a woman's shoes.
- Ang Lee
I wanted to shoot straight, mainstream, somehow off-beat. Not only realistic West, which is quite unfamiliar to the world's population - even to a lot of Americans.
- Ang Lee
I think doing period piece is easier, because after a certain distance, everybody is equal, I think. The relative contemporary is harder. I think that's the way it is.
- Ang Lee
Meanwhile, the Ice Storm was still in development, And that was something I really wanted to do, and frankly I don't think I was ready to do a big production like this.
- Ang Lee
There's a level of sophistication of filmmaking that's mind-boggling. Anything you need for your movie, there's an establishment that can make it happen really fast.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
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.
- Ang Lee
When I have a full schedule like that, I don't see myself sitting there for a couple of months, doing the research, going through a painful process, it's just not my thing anymore.
- Ang Lee
On a Chinese film you just give orders, no one questions you. Here, you have to convince people, you have to tell them why you want to do it a certain way, and they argue with you. Democracy.
- Ang Lee
Usually with this genre the first thing that happens is a good fight sequence to show that you're in good hands. So we broke that rule. I think a lot of that comes from the western audience.
- Ang Lee
My first instinct was to cast as close to the short story as possible, but then I realized that I needed actors who could go for it and that they had to function well as a couple in a love story.
- Ang Lee

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