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New York -- Ang Lee's best films begin with an initial calmness, a tranquility, which inevitably breaks open and gives way to desire and explosive emotional revelations. In "Brokeback Mountain," two soft-spoken sheep herders unearth a much deeper connection on a quiet mountainside, while in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the characters speak solemnly, before an epic fight takes them soaring up into the trees like birds.

It's a quality that likely lives within Lee, as well. Meeting with The Huffington Post at a hotel bar in midtown Manhattan on a recent Tuesday morning, the acclaimed director was running on only a few hours' sleep following a press tour of Asia, but he was still immeasurably quiet and patient, happy to answer questions.

"We're about to have some very full days," he said softly, smiling. "It will be very intense."

If Lee and his films possess a rare balance, it »

- Lucas Kavner

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