I can think of no contemporary filmmaker who is as successfully diverse as Ang Lee. In his 20-year career, the man hasn’t come remotely close to making the same film twice. He’s tackled Chinese family dynamics, Jane Austen, ‘70s American social commentary, comic book heroes, gay cowboys and Woodstock all with varying fervor and receptiveness.
Unlike many of the other directors I’ve profiled in this series, you can’t necessarily tell that you’re watching an Ang Lee film, as he has no real stylist stamp. But, for better or worse, his work is always different. He’s had a few missteps, sure, but damn if the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.
Note: I have tried desperately to locate Lee’s first film, Pushing Hands, to no avail.