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  Director Ang Lee’s big picture Life of Pi was based on the Canadian writer Yann Martel’s prize winning novel and got a great response to an early footage screening at Cinema Com Convention, Los Angeles! Buzz is that it will be the biggest movie this year.

  大导演李安的大片《少年派的奇幻漂流》是根据加拿大作家扬.马特尔的获奖小说改编而成的,在洛杉矶 Cinema Com大会上试映时引起了巨大轰动。人们议论纷纷,认为它将成为今年的大片。

  In this movie, the 17-year-old main character Pi Patel(Played by Suraj Sharma) is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has a wide knowledge of animal behavior. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.


  The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, and his only companions are a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has eaten all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and skills allow him to coexist with the tiger for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, the tiger flees to the jungle, never to be seen again.


  For Suraj Sharma, an Indian actor and student from New Delhi, the dream has come true. After a worldwide casting search for the “perfect Pi”, Sharma beat out more than 3000 challengers and was selected to play the role of the teenaged Pi, the zookeeper’s son. “Suraj is Pi. During his audition, he filled the room with emotion, much of which he conveyed simply through his eyes.” Mr. Lee said, he had “the innocence to capture our attention, the depth of character to break our hearts”.


  The crowed was wowed by the 3-D technology which was especially impressive in the underwater scenes, where Pi floated lifelessly for nearly a minute, and in moments when waves of water and animals came rushing toward him. The crowed was quick to proclaim the movies as a possible Oscar contender—and Lee immediately walked on stage and told the audience: “It’s unfinished! When you see the movie, it will be a lot more moving.”


  In an interview after the screening, Mr. Lee said being compared to directors like James Cameron and George Lucas made him uncomfortable. “To be honest with you, I like to be modest,” the 57-year-old said. “I would like people to get surprised about my work, instead of it being over-hyped. That’s what I’d be more comfortable with. But it’s a big picture. I have to go with the flow.”


  Lee said, it was the performance of young Indian actor Sharma that ultimately inspired him to move forward with the technically challenging production—even though Sharma couldn’t swim when he was first cast.


  “I met him, I tested him, and he held his breath for 20 seconds. So I got him a swimming coach, work out coach—every coach,” the director said with a laugh. “He gives an emotional performance in a movie that has the look of a family film, but it’s also a movie about big ideas. I hope people will spend weeks talking about it—that’s my idea of a family film.”


  Lee’s many honors include an Oscar nomination for his director of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and his Sense and Sensibility was a Best Picture nominee. He has shot Life of Pi in 3D, utilizing new techniques to capture the story’s epic scope.


  Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel’s beloved book, one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade. The book has sold over seven million copies worldwide and continues to sell over 1000 copies per week and has won the prestigious Mann Booker Prize, and was a New York Times bestseller for over a year.

Quote 1

  Just beyond the ticket booth Father had pained on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror.


Quote 2

   Getting animals used to the presence of human is at the heart of the art and science of zookeeping.


Quote 3
        I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always.

Quote 4

       The animal in front of you must know where it stands, whether above you or below you. Social rank is central to how it leads its life. Rank determines whom it can associate with and how; where and when it can eat; where it can rest; where it can drink; and so on. Until it knows its rank for certain, the animal lives a life of unbearable anarchy. It remains nervous, jumpy, and dangerous. Luckily for the circus trainer, decisions about social rank among higher animals are not always based on brute force.