The China Post
Date: November 4, 2016
By: Christine Chou
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Ang Lee is not one to play it safe. The two-time Oscar-winning director has pushed
his boundaries once again in his latest war movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” hoping to offer people an immersive cinematic experience that could revolutionize movie-going.
“I wanted to pair a challenging script with a challenging mode of expression … I wanted to make this movie because it was a challenge. I wouldn’t do it if it didn’t excite me,” Lee said.
Adapted from a novel by Ben Fountain, the film is told from the perspective of a 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (played by newcomer Jow Alwyn), who becomes a national celebrity in the U.S. after a video capturing his heroic rescue of a comrade in Iraq went viral. With his squadron, Lynn takes part in a cross-country victory tour that culminates in making an appearance at a football game’s halftime show.
In one scene, as Billy and his squadron are shown on patrol, the audience can feel as if they are walking through the dusty corridor of a bustling bazaar in Iraq. [FULL STORY]