A preview of director Ang Lee’s (李安) new 3D movie, Life of Pi <少年Pi的奇幻漂流>, was shown at Las Vegas’ CinemaCom last week. The 10-minute video clip was critically praised as a beautiful and inspiring effort, generating early buzz that Life of Pi will be a strong contender in next year’s Oscar Awards!
Ang Lee’s Life of Pi was based on the award-winning novel of the same title by Yann Martel. Published in 2001, the novel has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Life of Pi featured the story of a boy named “Pi” whose family members drowned in a shipwreck. Adrift a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean for 227 days with a wild Bengal tiger, Pi struggled to survive while searching for the meaning of human existence and spirituality.
It took Ang Lee more than three years to bring Life of Pi to the big screen. Since Life of Pi was Mr. Lee’s first 3D film project, he said that there were many technical challenges that he encountered, in which he learned to overcome during the production of the movie. The wild animals, including the Bengal tiger, in the film were computer-generated and appeared extremely realistic. Mr. Lee noted that the film adaptation of Life of Pi would have been impossible to make five years ago, without the current advancements in CGI technology.
Regarding praise for Life of Pi, including early Oscar buzz, Mr. Lee remained humble. He said, “This is still an unfinished movie! Wait until you have seen the finished movie, you will be more emotionally moved!” While Mr. Lee hoped that Life of Pi will bring pleasant surprises to viewers, he hoped that the public will focus on the film’s content and not speculate on the awards that it will reap instead.
Life of Pi will be released by 20th Century Fox in worldwide theaters on December 21, 2012. Indian actor, Suraj Sharma, stars as “Pi.” The film was shot in Taichung, Taiwan, around the island’s waters as well as using a custom-built water tank.
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