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Winston Chao

Essential Film Stars, Winston Chao

Winston Chao Wen-hsuan was born in June of 1960 in Taiwan. Leading a simple life, Chao was working as an airline steward when director Ang Lee discovered him and offered him a role in the film The Wedding Banquet. Chao was understandably reluctant at first, as he had absolutely no previous acting experience whatsoever. Lee felt Chao had potential and took the young man under his wing, spending up to four hours each day teaching Chao how to be an actor.

The Wedding Banquet

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Wedding Banquet (喜宴)

Released in 1993 and directed by Ang Lee, The Wedding Banquet is the tale of a gay Taiwanese man in America who must marry a woman for his family. The film won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film (Independent). Shot in New York City, the film features actors Winston Chao, Sihung Lung, and Ya-lei Kuei.

Heath Ledger & Ang Lee

Essential Film Directors, Ang Lee

Born in Taiwan, Ang Lee is one of the most successful filmmakers working today. Lee attended the National Taiwan College of Arts, and upon his graduation in 1975 he crossed the Pacific Ocean to earn a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater Direction at the University of Illinois. Lee achieved his Master’s Degree in Film Production at New York University, where he studied and worked alongside another incredible filmmaker, Spike Lee.

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