Culture minister surprised and excited by Lee's Oscar
CNATAIPEI--Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai was surprised but excited to see Taiwanese director Ang Lee win his second Oscar for best director and praised his contribution to the country.
February 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“It's just wonderful,” Lung, who is currently visiting London, told the host of “Impact” on BBC World News in an interview Monday.
Nintey percent of the film was shot in Taiwan, and Lee's team spent over 400 days working in the country, Lung said, praising the Taiwan-born United States-based director as a “native son” of Taiwan.
“He could have made this film somewhere else, but he decided he wanted to do it in Taiwan,” she said.
“Life of Pi,” which explores faith through tales of a shipwrecked boy adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, won four Academy Awards, the most of any film on a night when Oscars were spread fairly evenly among a number of high-profile productions.