Los Angeles, July 25 (CNA) The first trailer for Taiwan-born director Ang Lee's big-screen adaptation of "Life of Pi" has been getting rave reviews in the U.S. media since it went up online Wednesday.
The trailer reveals lavish scenes of a shipwreck, expansive empty seas and hints of heart-tugging drama from Lee's first 3D adaptation of the 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Canada-based writer Yann Martel.
The Hollywood Reporter described the trailer as impressive and said it indicates that the Oscar-winning director's upcoming film is 3D "as you've never seen it before."
"While most uses of the technology come in spicing up superhero flicks, Pi creates a more immersive world, in some ways like Avatar, but with a focus on bringing out the natural wonders of earth," the Hollywood Reporter said on its website.
Filmed on eight sets in Taiwan, the film is scheduled for release on Nov. 21. More trailers for the adventure thriller are expected to hit the Web later.
The Hollywood Reporter said the film "certainly stands out from the rest of this winter's releases."
There is a good chance "we'll see 3D in a whole new way by the new year," although the film may face competition from other blockbusters, the Great Gatsby and the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the report said.
The unconventional novel centers on Pi (played by newcomer Suraj Sharma), an Indian teenager with an unusual perspective on spirituality whose father operates a zoo.
Pi becomes stranded on a lifeboat in the stormy Pacific Ocean after the cargo vessel taking his family and a number of animals on a voyage to Canada mysteriously broke and sank.
The newly released trailer offers a preview of the Bengal tiger played by Richard Parker) and the mighty storm that sets Pi off into sorrow and odyssey.
(By Oscar Wu and Sofia Wu)