Abstract:Ang Lee is the only ethnic Chinese director who got the Academy Award twice. His films are both in Chinese and western subjects and have the international qualities. An important reason for his films being accepted by world audience is that he blended Chinese culture and western culture in those films. This paper just focused on the cultures in Ang Lee’s films, especially the fusion of Chinese and western cultures reflected in the films. In the first part of this paper, the author introduced Ang Lee as a great film director and his life experiences which had much to do with his films. In the second part, the author analyzed Chinese and western cultural fusion from three aspects: Chinese cultural elements, western cultural elements and cultural fusion. When analyzing Chinese cultural elements, the author chose four aspects: Chinese culture of “He”—harmony between man and nature, Chinese filial piety culture, Chinese martial art and Chinese cultural spectacles. When analyzing western cultural elements, the author just chose two aspects: Hollywoodish typical narrative framework and west cultural tradition. When analyzing cultural fusion, the author chose three aspects: the fusion of language, the fusion reflected on personalities and behaviors of characters and the fusion reflected on some mutual themes such as family and emotion, and took examples from the “Trilogy of Family” Crouching tiger, Hidden Dragon. Finally, the author concluded that Chinese films needed to absorb other cultures in order to enter into the international market.
Key words: Ang Lee’s films, Chinese culture, western culture, cultural fusion