BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
2005, Focus Features, 134 min, USA, Dir: Ang Lee

From director Ang Lee comes an epic American love story adapted from an Annie Proulx short story by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (who, like Lee, earned Oscars for their work here). Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - ranch-hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.


SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
1995, Sony Repertory, 136 min, UK/USA, Dir: Ang Lee

When their father dies, the Dashwood sisters are left impoverished. But sensible Elinor (Emma Thompson) and vivacious Marianne (Kate Winslet) endure, eventually finding love (with Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman). This adaptation of Jane Austen’s first novel was Ang Lee’s first feature outside of Taiwan, as well as Thompson’s first effort as a screenwriter - for which she won an Academy Award.


CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
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2000, Sony Pictures Classics, 120 min, China/USA, Dir: Ang Lee

Director Ang Lee virtually reinvented Chinese cinema's wuxia swordplay genre with this startlingly good, moving romantic adventure starring Michele Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat as estranged lovers searching for the stolen Green Destiny sword. Ziyi Zhang is the hotblooded younger girl who is equally adept at martial arts, bent on crossing blades with the two at every opportunity. With celebrated veteran wuxia star Cheng Pei-Pei as super-villainess Jade Fox. Exhilirating! Nominated for 10 Oscars and winner of 4, including Best Foreign-Language Film. In Mandarin with English subtitles.


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