Ang Lee for "Life of Pi" (Courtesy: Getty Images)
MANILA, Philippines -- Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee, who plans to make a movie in the Philippines, says independent Asian filmmakers have a better chance these days of finding audiences around the world.
The Taiwanese-born director is in Manila as a guest of Taiwan's de facto embassy, which honored him with a special screening Thursday night of "Life of Pi."
Lee told a forum with filmmakers and media that he was inspired by how the world received the movie. He said 85 percent of its income came from outside of America, which used to be the market leader.
"I think that's good news for all of us," he said. "You have a chance to make it and find your audience."