Date: 1st July 2001
Taiwanese film director ANG LEE has been named the best director in America by TIME MAGAZINE's AMERICAN BEST series.
Lee edged ahead of fellow directors because of the broad scope of his work which ranges from the martial arts masterpiece CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) to period drama SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995).
Time called Lee a cosmopolitan chameleon who seems at home in any culture but is detached enough to see it with an ironic acuity. Lee's martial arts fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon made Academy Award history earlier this year (01) by being the first Asian film to win the foreign-language film award. It also picked up OSCARS in art direction, cinematography and best original score. (SC/WNYCYA/RP)