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Ang Lee visits Taiwan ahead of launch of "Tyrant"


Taipei, May 6 (EFE).- Award-winning Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee arrived in Taiwan Monday to give a boost to the local film industry before premiering his first television production in the U.S with the series "Tyrant," and after refusing an offer to direct "Cleopatra."

Lee, invited here by the Culture Ministry, will hold meetings with the local film industry and take part in two TV programs with cultural and political personalities of the island.

"The end purpose of my visit is to encourage our movie industry," Lee said upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from downtown Taipei.

About his professional plans, Lee said he has rejected many screenplays in recent months, including the film "Cleopatra" that is expected to star Angelina Jolie.

The next project for the Taiwanese director, who lives in New York, is the television series "Tyrant" about an American family in the strife-torn Middle East.

The series, which will start production in August or September, is being produced by the cable TV channel FX on the Fox television network in the United States.

"I'm a beginner in television, so I'm facing a new experience," Lee, who has already worked on the pilot episode of the series, said.

Lee, honored with two Oscars for best director in 2005 and 2012, is scheduled to leave Taiwan on May 12.