The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

Ang Lee says Life Of Pi more than art house film


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said he worked hard during the four of shooting on "Life of Pi" to give the $100 million (S$122 million) art house film appeal for general audiences.

The movie based on Yann Martel's imaginative book stars Indian Suraj Sharma, who plays a boy who drifts on the open sea with a Bengal tiger and a hyena after a ship carrying the rest of his family sinks.

"As an art house film, you can explore the philosophical issues," Lee said at a news conference on Wednesday. "But for a popular film, we also need to make the audience feel touched, and that was the difficult part."

Lee said initial reaction to the film had been positive, leaving him to conclude that his "risky experiment" would be a success.