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Ang Lee, culture minister conversation to focus on Lee's life

2013/05/07 14:54:56

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said Tuesday that an upcoming open conversation between her and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will focus on the Taiwanese director's life and upbringing.

The talk, called "My Time and I" and set to be held Friday, will explore how Lee was shaped by his time and the relationship between Lee and the "soil that nurtured him," Lung said after a press conference held to launch a new policy supporting emerging artists.

Lee spent his childhood and youth in Hualien and Tainan before before enrolling in an arts school in Taipei. He later went to the United States and received a bachelor's degree in theater and a graduate degree in film production.

The Ministry of Culture's decision to invite Lee to return home for a week will also be an opportunity to simply say, "Ang Lee you are great," Lung said.

The Taiwan-born, New York-based filmmaker, who won his second Academy Award for best director in February with his 3-D shipwreck epic "Life of Pi," returned to Taiwan early Monday.

During his stay in Taiwan, Lee is expected to make suggestions about documentary production at a Culture Ministry news conference on May 9.

His conversation with Lung will be held on May 10 in front of a live audience and broadcast live online and on Public Television Service. The 500 free tickets available for the event were booked on Monday in the first three hours of registration, the ministry said.

On May 12, Lee will appear in another forum with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-pin, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu and TV hostess Sisy Chen, which will be broadcast live on the cable news channel CtiTV.

(By Christie Chen)