New ‘Life of Pi’ Clip Features an Introduction from Ang Lee & Flying Fish

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm,

Ang Lee has brought the world Oscar-winning films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. So, when a filmmaker with a pedigree like that decides to devote years to a single epic project – one he intends to shoot in 3D, no less – the world tends to take notice. Such is the case with Life of Pi.

Lee’s film – based on Yann Martel’s award-winning 2001 novel of the same name – centers on a young man stranded on a small boat and accompanied only by a ravenous Bengal tiger. The source material has been previously deemed unable to be translated effectively into film, likely because it places much of its focus on one setting and a single character lost at sea.

Despite those detractors, Lee has spent the better part of four years working on the project. The international trailer has already showcased what are sure to be several of the film’s signature moments, including the shipwreck that leads Pi (Suraj Sharma) on his journey and a breathtaking encounter with a whale. Now, Yahoo! Movies presents the first clip of the film, featuring an introduction by Lee himself.

life of pi New Life of Pi Clip Features an Introduction from Ang Lee & Flying Fish

Taken out of context, the footage presented here doesn’t feature much in the way of plot or character development. However, it does provide a taste of the spectacle Life of Pi offers its audience. On sheer originality and intensity alone, the clip – which sees young Pi contend with a barrage of flying fish and the aforementioned hungry tiger – will likely get moviegoers talking about the project.

Regardless of how the finished film turns out, there’s no denying that Life of Pi looks fantastic. The crisp visuals truly underscore the sense of isolation, panic, and wonder that accompany the lead character’s predicament. Whether or not such moments are framed by a cohesive story and compelling characters, however, remains to be seen. As far as Lee’s involvement is concerned, let’s hope that Life of Pi is more Crouching Tiger and less The Hulk.

Life of Pi hits theaters on November 21st, 2012.


Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. looks great, i think this movie will win some oscars.

    • My favorite movies do not win Oscars. Hmmmmm.

  2. I’m excited to see this, but I fear that without vampires that sparkle, or blue people, this one might not get marketed enough for it to really take off. Such movie experiences like the Twilight series, or even Avatar, which was NOT that good, prove that marketing in the end or even just a general awareness is what makes films succeed today. In the 90′s it was the “who’s the lead” concept that studios banked on. For the last decade it has been “What book (comic or novel) did it come from?” So, this being from a book, hopefully there will be some awareness to stir enough interest, but since the book is from 2001, it may be too late. I’m going to see it opening day, because those of us who aren’t blockbuster “zombies” need to support films like this, or people like Michael Bay will never stop his reign of shallow film making.

    • Avatars is the most spectacular visual experience ever IMO, granted the story was family. James Cameron made the familiar extraordinary

  3. Ang made us Brokeback Mountain. I have a hard time getting past that. Life of Pi will not get my money at the movie theatre. Maybe Red Box, maybe.

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  5. You should see this scene on the big screen