Top Quotes by Ang Lee

Sometimes, you have to get angry to get things done.

Ang Lee

Over the years Woodstock got glorified and romanticised and became the event that symbolised Utopia. It’s the last page of our collective memory of the age of innocence. Then things turned ugly and would never be the same again.

Ang Lee

I feel that everyone has a Hulk inside, and each of our Hulks is both scary and, potentially, pleasurable. That’s the scariest thing about them.

Ang Lee

Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.

Ang Lee

I feel like all of my characters now take this congested situation, they clash, and from there you purge yourself.

Ang Lee

Kids don’t even read comic books anymore. They’ve got more important things to do – like video games.

Ang Lee

Sometimes films ignore other points of view because it’s simpler to tell the story that way, but the more genuine and sympathetic you are to different points of view and situations, the more real the story is.

Ang Lee

When I grew up, in Taiwan, the Korean War was seen as a good war, where America protected Asia. It was sort of an extension of World War II. And it was, of course, the peak of the Cold War. People in Taiwan were generally proAmerican. The Korean War made Japan. And then the Vietnam War made Taiwan. There is some truth to that.

Ang Lee

I try to please everyone.

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My hometown was one of the major U.S. Air Force bases.

Ang Lee

My hometown was one of the major U.S. Air Force bases.

Ang Lee

You become the movie you are making.

Ang Lee

I’m a drifter and an outsider. There’s not one single environment I can totally belong to.

Ang Lee

There’s a level of sophistication of filmmaking that’s mind-boggling. Anything you need for your movie, there’s an establishment that can make it happen really fast.

Ang Lee

When there is a strong woman character in a story – that always grabs me.

Ang Lee

Sexuality is a big issue, but there are others – how much you commit to a relationship, to social obligation, to honesty and being honest with yourself.

Ang Lee

Sensitivity and money are like parallel lines. They don’t meet.

Ang Lee

The source of all the material comes from nothingness, illusion is working more on things you can prove. That’s the principle, the essence of life, it is actually an illusion, not immaterial. That’s worth pursuing. So illusion is not nothing. In a way, that is the truth.

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Many times when you make a movie, it feels like your biggest mistake. But even if a film isn’t a hit, you shouldn’t view it as a mistake.

Ang Lee

I find it hard to deliver straightforward things.

Ang Lee

I was very quiet, very shy and docile.

Ang Lee

I did a women’s movie, and I’m not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I’m not gay. I learned as I went along.

Ang Lee

What is really a stretch to me is to make quick decisions.

Ang Lee

Emotions serve characters’ purposes. That is their motivation.

Ang Lee

My first instinct was to cast as close to the short story as possible, but then I realized that I needed actors who could go for it and that they had to function well as a couple in a love story.

Ang Lee

I think people are universal.

Ang Lee

I grew up pretty peacefully, in that Eastern way. You easily solve problems, believe in harmony. Reduce conflicts, take orders until one day you give orders.

Ang Lee

The father figure is something I love, but also suffocate from and want to work against.

Ang Lee

When I see something I like, that’s all that counts. What they use, how they get there, I never bother them.

Ang Lee

I’m not macho, I’m not a Mel Gibson sort of person.

Ang Lee

Some actors give you what you want. Some you have to make do what you want.

Ang Lee

I think life without spirit is in the dark, it is absurd.

Ang Lee

I’m not a romantic. In life I didn’t have much experience with romance.

Ang Lee

I’m aware of what’s missing from my life.

Ang Lee

In the past I’ve made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can’t really hate them. You can discard them, but you can’t really hate them.

Ang Lee

On a Chinese film you just give orders, no one questions you. Here, you have to convince people, you have to tell them why you want to do it a certain way, and they argue with you. Democracy.

Ang Lee

When I sent those scripts, that was the lowest point of my life. We’d just had our second son, and when I went to collect them from hospital, I went to the bank to try and get some money to buy some diapers, the screen showed I’ve got $26 left.

Ang Lee

When I have a full schedule like that, I don’t see myself sitting there for a couple of months, doing the research, going through a painful process, it’s just not my thing anymore.

Ang Lee

Usually with this genre the first thing that happens is a good fight sequence to show that you’re in good hands. So we broke that rule. I think a lot of that comes from the western audience.

Ang Lee

To me, Ennis stands for the conservative side of America. He’s the biggest homophobe in the whole movie – culturally and psychologically – but by the time he admits his feelings, it’s too late.

Ang Lee

The way I go about a lovemaking scene is that we will talk about it during the rehearsing time.

Ang Lee

The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don’t know. It’s woman. It’s feminine. That’s what the sword is about. That’s the symbolic meaning of the sword.

Ang Lee

So many times you see beautiful lovemaking scenes with a lot of exposure or an awkward lovemaking scene, but I think it’s very rare that you see it private.

Ang Lee

Now I’m kind of established as a director, I much prefer directing to writing.

Ang Lee

Not taboo – it’s just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd – they’re movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting.

Ang Lee

Meanwhile, the Ice Storm was still in development, And that was something I really wanted to do, and frankly I don’t think I was ready to do a big production like this.

Ang Lee

I wanted to shoot straight, mainstream, somehow off-beat. Not only realistic West, which is quite unfamiliar to the world’s population – even to a lot of Americans.

Ang Lee

I took the name Green Destiny from – well there is such a sword called Green Destiny. It is green because you keep twisting it, it’s an ancient skill, you keep twisting it and knocking it and twisting it until it is very elastic and light.

Ang Lee

I think the book struck me in a few ways that I thought very interesting to pick it as my first martial arts film. It has a very strong female character and it was very abundant in classic Chinese textures.

Ang Lee

I think the American West really attracts me because it’s romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama.

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I am a shy person.

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Directing, I get all kinds of inspiration. It’s working with people. It’s a lot more fun.

Ang Lee

I don’t lead a Hollywood lifestyle.

Ang Lee