ng Lee, a Taiwanese-born academy award winning film director, has directed a diverse set of films such as Hidden Dragon (2000) and Brokeback Mountain (2005). He is the first person of Asian descent to win the Best Director Oscar. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi
in 3D, an adaptation from the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a groundbreaking movie about a young man trying to survive on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with Bengal tiger. This movie had won overwhelming applause from the audience at the New York Film Festival Sep. 28. Lee attributed the completion of the film to assistance from Taiwan and its people at the world premiere. "The film would not exist without Taiwan," he said at a press conference. This movie is scheduled to be released commercially on November 21.
The National Museum of Natural Science proudly presents this special exhibition about Life of Pi in collaboration with 20th Century Fox and Taichung City Government. In this exhibition visitors will go deep behind the scenes of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, watching videos of interviews with Lee and processes of making this film, witnessing a variety of stage props and iconography of the original novel by Croatian artist Tomislay Torjanac. Through Lee’s use of 3D, visitors will be there with Pi and the Bengal tiger Richard Parker, experiencing these extraordinary and visually stunning moments, immersed like never before in an epic movie adventure interwoven with an emotional and spiritual journey.
“The Museum proudly presents this special exhibition before the film is released commercially November 24,” said Dr. Sun Wei-hsin, the Museum’s director, at the exhibition opening reception. “I’ve just read the Booker-prize-winning novel, because I usually like to read the book first before seeing the film,” continued Sun, “Ang Lee uses computer-generated imagery to tell the story, and I think he has achieved an admirable sense of wonder in this tall tale.” “It is hoped that through Pi’s incredible adventure, the film will take our young people spirituality and faith,” concluded Sun with expectation.
“Pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge technologies, Lee has made a new kind of picture, in which the scientific and artistic elements of filmmaking are so advanced and sophisticated that they blend into a coherent and unified vision,” said Ms. Huang Yuen-Ying, the General Manager of 20th Century Fox. “Life of Pi is Lee’s first foray into 3D filmmaking, which he envisioned for this story long before “Avatar” hit theaters. He uses that tool to expand the scope of the film, immerse us in Pi’s physical journey, and envelop us in the story’s emotional hold. He told us that he wanted to create the film in another dimension, and ─ he did it!” Huang said excitedly.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience all the highlights of Life of Pi ─ behind as well as before ─ the scenes! The Museum cordially invites you to share the glory of all Chinese cinematic talent.
Life of Pi was made possible by 20th Century Fox and Taichung City Government. The National Museum of Natural Science also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Discovery Channel, Crown Company, Fubon Financial and Paleo Wonders.