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Giving ‘Pi’ a common touch a challenge for Ang Lee
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,” Mr. Lee said at a news conference Wednesday. “But for a popular film, we also need to make the audience feel touched, and that was the difficult part.”
Mr. Lee said initial reaction to the film was positive, leaving him to conclude that his “risky experiment” would be a success.
A major problem in the filming, Mr. Lee said, was coping with animals on a roiling sea — a problem the director solved by filming in 3-D.
“As a new technology, 3-D gives the film additional appeal,” he said.
Much of the film was shot in Taiwan, Mr. Lee’s home. He said one of the key settings — a large water tank built at a studio in the central city of Taichung — enabled the 150-strong foreign crew to use its imagination freely and not be restrained by traditional Hollywood production values.
The film is scheduled to premiere in Taiwan and the United States on Nov. 21.
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By John R. Bolton
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