Episode 11: Bao Phi talks Ang Lee

Photo by Anna Min

Photo by Anna Min

This week Double Exposure welcomes poet and writer, live performer and all around wonderful nerd, Bao Phi.

Bao is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam Champion and a finalist for the National Poetry Slam. In his collection, Sông I Sing, according to the New York Times, "Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth."

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For his double feature, Bao selected director Ang Lee, and his films Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hulk

In 2000, Crouching Tiger won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Film. A combined production of Ang Lee's Taiwan and American studios, the film was perceived negatively in China. But it was a smashing success in the west. 

Such a hit was Crouching Tiger that Ang Lee was given buckets of money in 2003 to make the Marvel adaptation Hulk. Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly star in Lee's weird little superhero movie about adult children wrestling with the legacies of their highly troubling fathers. 

Bao, Chris and Courtney explore every corner of Ang Lee's work (like all of them) as well as kung fu movies, cultural appropriation, and why Matt Damon is hanging around Great Wall.