Ang Lee would go on to Oscar winning glory, helming “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Broke back Mountain.”
But his debut feature was a touching and sometimes amusing fish-out-of-water story about an old widower trying to fit in with his American son’s family and neighborhood in suburban New York.
Tai Chi and King Fu classes might help.
“Pushing Hands” heralded a new talent telling stories about an underfilled community, America’s Asian and Chinese diaspora. Lee would follow this with “The Wedding Banquet” and “Eat Drink Man Woman,” creating what came to be called his “Father Knows Best” trilogy.
His sensibilities proved his worthiness to take on Jane Austen’s”Sense & Sensibility” down the road.
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