Ang Lee speaks of his attachment to Taiwan

10/01/2016 09:17 PM

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) Taiwan-born Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee (李安) spoke Saturday of his attachment to Taiwan, saying that he is Taiwanese and that no matter where he shoots a film, it is a Taiwanese film.

Lee, who lives in New York and is visiting Taiwan to promote his latest film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," made the remarks at a forum sponsored by a local magazine.

The coordinator introduced Lee as the recipient of two Venice Film Festival awards, two Berlin Film Festival awards, five Golden Globe awards and three Oscars.

But when asked how he would have preferred to be introduced, Lee answered that "I would like to be introduced as having received five Golden Horse awards."

The Golden Horse is Taiwan's equivalent of an Oscar.

Lee, who graduated from New York University's Tisch School of Arts, said he sees himself "as a student of the motion picture department forever, and the world is my school."

Saying that he is "Taiwanese," and that he is often asked why he has not shot a film about Taiwan, he added that "wherever I shoot my film, it is a Taiwanese film."

He pointed out the formation of an individual decides his world perception, especially the things that happen before one is 20.

He traveled to the United States after the age of 23, so "whatever I do, whatever I absorb outside (Taiwan), my nature remains very Taiwanese."

He expressed hope that the world can accept him as himself, "and not use a set framework. The basic me was growing up here, mixed with a lot of other things. Taiwan is like this," he said.

The 61-year-old director's latest work was shot in 3D, with 4K resolution, at 120 frames per second -- the highest frame rate for any movie in history and five times the normal cinema rate of 24 frames per second. The ultra-high frame rate is said to produce crystal-clear images that make it seem like the audience is looking through a window.

(By Sabine Cheng and Lilian Wu)ENDITEM/J

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