Life of Pi (2012)
Life of Pi SynopsisDirector Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship's only other survivor -- a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Life of Pi Release Date
In Theaters November 21, 2012
Life of Pi Credits
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Rafe Spall
Written by: David Magee
Directed by: Ang Lee
Produced by: Ang Lee, Gil Netter and David Womark
MPAA Rating: [ PG ]
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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First Look At Ang Lee's Life Of Pi
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Ang Lee To Adapt Life Of Pi
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