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Oscar winning director Ang Lee opens up about his film Gemini Man starring Will Smith

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Ang Lee’s Gemini Man is all set for release tomorrow worldwide. This is the 64-year-old Taiwanese filmmaker’s next release after Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The Oscar-winning Lee is known for movies like Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, Hulk, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and many other beautiful movies. Gemini Man is an action thriller movie. It traces the life of a hitman after a younger clone of himself targets him. The cast includes an ensemble of Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, and others.

In an interview with PTI, Ang Lee talked about his interest in digital technology and that the curiosity that drove him to make a movie like Gemini Man. The movie’s idea began developing about 20 years back, but the lack of technology made them wait for so long.  Lee’s love for using digital technology and CGI in movies was reflected throughout in Life of Pi. He created a computer-generated tiger for that movie. He talked about his memories of filming in India for the said movie.

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In Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk, Lee had experimented with a high frame rate. He has retained high frame rate in the movie Gemini Man, which is shot in 120 FPS instead of usual 24 to create a fully immersive experience for the audiences. He said he had a lot of questions about how this stuff worked. He didn’t get it right in the first attempt itself. Talking about Gemini Man, he said he felt like he is at the perfect age to make a movie like that. The movie tackles an existential question: What would you do if you are confronted with your younger self?

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It was Life of Pi that gave him a boost and courage to take on something like Gemini Man. Growing old is also a part of life, he said. Lee said he took the route of the action genre to visualize the internal stress and conflict. He said that he would love to go back to India again if work permits.

 

 

 

 

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