In the Scene: Ang Lee

In the Scene: Ang Lee

Publication: Sep 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9932207-4-6
Price: £9.99
Extent: 200
Size: 129mm x 198mm
Including b/w photographs
Category: Film, Culture, Arts,
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In the Scene: Ang Lee

Ellen Cheshire

  • Part of our new series of introductory guides to contemporary filmmakers
  • The success of Ang Lee’s films have made him an international name.
  • A Must for film fans and students.
  • Covers all his films from Pushing Hands (1992) to the multi-award winning The Life of Pi (2012).
  • With new film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk due for release in November and a stage play based on Brokeback Mountain in the West End in 2016, he will be much in the news.

The book

Ang Lee came to the fore in the 1990s as one of the ‘second wave’ of Taiwanese directors. After studying at New York University, Lee returned to Taiwan where he directed three comedy-dramas focusing on aspects of the East vs. West culture and its impact on the family - Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman. His invitation to direct Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility proved wise as it was a tremendous critical and commercial success. But it was his triumphant return to the East with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which has transformed him into an internationally successful director.

A brief foray into the Marvel Universe with Hulk, it was his heart-breaking adaption of Proulx’s short story Brokeback Mountain which surprised critics and won him new fans. His most recent film was an adaptation of Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi pushing the boundaries of CGI animation. Anticipation is high for Lee’s 2016 film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk an adaption of Ben Fountain’s 2012 Iraq-war set novel.

The author

Ellen has written books on Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn, the Coen Bros and Bio-Pics; and contributed to books on War Movies, Fantasy Film, Silent Cinema, Counterculture, James Bond and Charlie Chaplin.

Praise for previous work:

Re: Ang Lee, Pocket Essentials, November 2001

“As the label ‘Pocket Essentials’ indicates, this book covers all you really need to know about someone who is rapidly becoming one of the major directors at work nowadays.”  -

​​ Re: Jane Campion, Pocket Essentials, September 2000

“Altogether, anyone interested in exploring Campion’s work might find more factual material, and more judgments to engage with, in Ellen Cheshire’s rather cheaper Pocket Essential Jane Campion.”​ - Philip Kemp, Times Higher Education Supplement,

Re: James Bond – Licensed to Kill published by Taschen

"The chapter [written by Ellen Cheshire] on Licence to Kill (and in fact the whole saga of Timothy Dalton) makes for fascinating reading. Telling how Dalton’s take on Bond helped to resurrect the character from parody only to fall foul of an undetermined production process and a rapid rethinking of the tone and violence inherent in the stories he led, there is a philosophical touch to the views made in hindsight." - Jon Lyus,

Re: Charlie Chaplin published by Taschen

“There are many riches to explore and re-explore, and this treasure of a book is the perfect companion."  - Trevor Berrett, The Mookse and the Gripe


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