May 9 - The director lands in Taiwan to help boost the countries film industry. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Oscar-winning director Ang Lee came back to Taiwan and attended a news conference on Thursday (May 9) to talk about his work and giving a boost to Taiwan's film industry.
This is Lee's first public appearance in Taiwan after his film "Life of Pi" won four Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score.
At the news conference, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai launched a 500 million Taiwan dollars (17 million USD) project to fund local documentaries for five years.
When asked about his next project, Lee said he is excited about his new TV drama "Tyrant", a story about an unassuming American family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
"Tyrant is a Middle East palace intrigue, the subject matter is touchy and pretty scary, I like to scare myself, that force me to do my best. I'm very excited about this new project," he said.
It is Lee's first venture into directing for television, and production is due to start in the summer.
Lee, 58, is one of the more versatile directors in the industry, his work ranging from martial arts film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to British literary classic "Sense and Sensibility" and sci-fi action movie "Hulk."
He won his first Oscar in 2006 for directing the gay cowboy drama "Brokeback Mountain."