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"Life of Pi" is a 2012 film directed by Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") from a screenplay by David Magee, based on the novel by Yann Martel.

The groundbreaking movie event is about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Based on the book that has sold more than seven million copies and spent years on the bestseller lists, "Life of Pi" takes place over three continents, two oceans, many years, and a wide universe of imagination. Mr. Lee's vision, coupled with stunning 3D visuals, has turned a novel long thought un-filmable into a thrillingly audacious mix of grand storytelling and powerful and provocative themes.

Since Lee came aboard the project almost four years ago, he has worked to create a singular vision of author Yann Martel's unforgettable tale of courage, perseverance, inspiration and hope. The film takes us through a young man's incredible adventure — at turns thrilling and spiritual; harrowing and triumphant; humorous and inspirational.

In telling Pi's story, Lee pushes the boundaries of cutting-edge motion picture technologies. The movie represents a moment when the science and art of filmmaking have jumped forward, as it did with the visual effects of "Titanic," the 3D revolution of "Avatar," and the CGI work in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which brought unprecedented emotion and depth to the character of Caesar. And like Caesar, "Life of Pi's" Richard Parker is a fully-realized, accessible character, whom you'll believe was actually on that lifeboat with Suraj Sharma, who portrays Pi.

"Life of Pi" is Lee's first foray into 3D filmmaking, which he envisioned for this story long before "Avatar" hit theaters. He uses that tool to expand the scope of the film, immerse us in Pi's physical journey, and envelop us in the story's emotional hold. "I wanted the experience of the film to be as unique as Yann Martel's book," says Lee, "and that meant creating the film in another dimension. 3D is a new cinematic language, and in "Life of Pi" it's just as much about immersing audiences in the characters' emotional space as it is about the epic scale and adventure."

"Life of Pi" is a Fox 2000 Pictures presentation in association with Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Media of a Haishang Films/Gil Netter production in association with Big Screen Prods. and Ingenious Film Partners. Producers are Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark. Executive producer is Dean Georgaris. Co-producer is David Lee.


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 127 mins.
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Country: USA, Taiwan
Language(s): English, Tamil, French
Distributor: Fox 2000
Production Companies:
Dune Entertainment
Ingenious Media
Haishang Films
Gil Netter
Big Screen Prods.
Ingenious Film Partners

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