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RIDE WITH THE DEVIL

ANG LEE is currently at work on his next film as director: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The film, set in early 19th-century China tracks the adventures of two women: one, an aristocrat who doubles an elusive criminal; the other, an unbeatable female warrior. "Ride With The Devil" screenwriter James Schamus has co-written the script with Hui Ling-Wang.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Lee moved to the United States in 1978. After receiving a BFA in theater from the University of Illinois, he went on to New York University to complete an MFA in film production. At NYU, his short film "Fine Line" won Best Director and Best Film Awards at the NYU Film Festival.

Lee's first feature film, "Pushing Hands," was screened at the 1992 Berlin Film Festival and won Best Film at the Asian-Pacific Film Festival. The film was nominated for nine Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan's Oscar equivalent) winning three. "Pushing Hands" was the first film in Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy.

His next film, "The Wedding Banquet," premiered at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear Award, (the festival's top prize) and went on to international acclaim. "The Wedding Banquet received Best Foreign-Language Film nominations from the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. The film also received six Independent Spirit Award nominations; and, in Taiwan, five Golden Horse Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. "The Wedding Banquet" was the second film in Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy.

Lee's third feature film was the final entry in his "Father Knows Best" trilogy: "Eat Drink Man Woman." The film was selected as the opening night feature for the Directors Fortnight series at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival; received Best Foreign-Language Film nominations from the Academy and Golden Globe Awards; and was named Best Foreign- Language Film by the National Board of Review.

In 1995, Lee directed "Sense and Sensibility," starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, and Hugh Grant. The film, adapted by Emma Thompson from Jane Austen's novel of the same name, was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning for Best Screenplay Adaptation. The film received Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay Cited on more than 100 critics' Ten Best lists, the film was named Best Picture by the Boston Film Critics and the National Board of Review. Lee was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle, well as by the Boston Society of Film Critics. When it was shown at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival, "Sense and Sensibility" earned the festival's top prize, the Golden Bear award (the second Lee film to do so.)

Lee next directed 1997's "The Ice Storm," adapted by James Schamus from Rick Moody's novel. The film starred Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, and Tobey Maguire. "The Ice Storm" premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival; was selected as the opening- night film of the 1997 New York Film Festival; and went on to become one of the year's best-reviewed films.

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