by Michael Dunaway
Lest it seem like a stereotype to explore the particularly Buddhist qualities of perhaps the world’s best known Asian director, perhaps it’s best to start with a story from Lee’s time filming The Ice Storm, his 1997 masterpiece starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood. “We did a whole Buddhist ceremony before we started The Ice Storm,” Weaver recalls. “We stood on this clearing, on a hill. We all had incense, and the table was piled high with these red-wrapped fruits and whatever. Then we bowed to each of the four directions and he yelled ‘Big Luck!’ Then we all hugged...