Ang graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater. He also holds a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, where he was a classmate of Spike Lee.
Ang directed short film Chosen for bmwfilms.com to be shown on the website, and for the DVD release in 2001.
Ang is five feet, seven inches tall.
Ang married his wife, Jane Lin, in 1983.
Ang came to the United States in 1978 to go to college.
Ang is a big hockey fan; his favorite team is the Calgary Flames.
Ang has two sons, Haan (1984) and Mason (1990).
Ang turned down an offer to direct Terminator 3.
Ang Lee has said that directing The Hulk nearly ruined his career.
Awards & Nominations: -1992 Asia-Pacific Film Festival: Best Film Award for Hsi Yen (Win) -1993 Golden Horse: Best Picture for The Wedding Banquet (Win) -1993 Golden Horse: Best Director for The Wedding Banquet (Win) -1993 Golden Horse: Best Original Screenplay for The Wedding Banquet (Win) -1993 Asian American International Film Festival: The Asian Media Award (Win) -1995 New York Film Critics Circle Awards: NYFCC Best Director Award for Sense and Sensibility (Win) -1996 Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures in 1996 for Sense and Sensibility (Nomination) -1997 Hawaii International Film Festival: Vision In Film (Win) -2000 Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Win) -2001 Academy Awards: Best Director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Nomination) (Shared With William Kong and Li-Kong Hsu) -2001 Saturn Awards: Best Director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Nomination) -2006 Venice International Film Festival: Best Film for Brokeback Mountain (Win) -2006 Academy Award: Best Director for Brokeback Mountain (Win) -2006 Golden Globe Awards: Best Director of a Motion Picture for Brokeback Mountain (Win) -2012 Academy Award: Best Director for Life of Pi.
Ang: (on his film Brokeback Mountain) I believe everybody has a flip side: the cowboy with the homo, the tough guy with the sensitive... Love is more complicated than our culture categorizes it. Everybody is a universe.
Ang: I did a women's movie, and I'm not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I'm not gay. I learned as I went along.
Ang: In the past I've made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can't really hate them. You can discard them, but you can't really hate them.
Ang: On a Chinese film you just give orders, no one questions you. Here, you have to convince people, you have to tell them why you want to do it a certain way, and they argue with you. Democracy.
Ang: Mainstream films have occupied Hollywood, but you can get bored very easily. It can be very repetitive, and I think now we want something fresh and something inspiring and different, daring. The mainstream film is very expensive to make and it scares people. It's made for the worldwide audience, you have to please so many people, and the business men start running the movies rather than artists.