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In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive. Written by
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Author Yann Martel said he was inspired by a book review of Brazilian author Moacyr Scliar's 1981 novella Max and the Cats, about a Jewish-German refugee who crossed the Atlantic Ocean while sharing his boat with a jaguar. See more »
Early in the movie, Pi says that Hinduism has 33 million Gods and Goddesses. In Indian English, the word 'crore', which means 10 million, is used rather than million. A fundamental belief in Hinduism is that there are 33 crore Gods and Goddesses. This converts to 330 million, not 33 million. (The use of million rather than crore may be a translation for the benefit of the audience, rather than a goof.) See more »
So, you were raised in a zoo?
Adult Pi Patel:
Born and raised. In Pondicherry, in what was the French part of India. My father owned the zoo, and I was delivered on short notice by a herpetologist, who was there to check on the Bengal monitor lizard. Mother and I were both healthy, but the poor lizard escaped and was trampled by a frightened cassowary. The way of karma, huh? The way of God.
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The opening credits have letters or words that react to action on the screen, such as the "Y" while a monkey is hanging on a branch. Also, there are words fluttering while the zebras swish their tails. See more »
Ang lee's life of pi is an adaptation of a 'Man booker prize winner'
novel by the same name, written by Yann Martel. It's a story set in the
late seventies of an Indian teenager (Pi Patel) who is stranded on a
life boat in the pacific. What distinguishes this tale of survival from
the rest is that the author dishes out a delicious slice of creativity
in giving the castaway, a tiger for a companion. Yes, like the posters
and trailers have you believe, there is a boat on which a man and a
tiger have to live! This makes 'life of pi' not only a story of human
struggle against nature but also a profound tale that questions 'what
separates man from beast?'. More interestingly, 'when does man become a
But worry not, Ang Lee's movie does not force you think on these lines
, instead it's a film that lets you enjoy it on so many levels. If you
are just looking for a beautiful 3D movie to feast your eyes , Life of
pi can be it. If you are in a mood for a thrilling adventure epic on
weekend, this is the right ticket. If indeed, you want to experience
something thoughtful, Life of pi never forces you on a particular
thought, instead it whispers ever so slightly to think about matters of
human disposition and finding comfort in convention while caressing
your senses with fabulous visuals and background score.
Suraj Sharma debuts as pi with utter sincerity while Irfan Khan(as
adult pi) and Tabu(as mother) do justice to their parts. The rest of
the supporting cast blend in perfectly too. Ang lee helms the film with
difficult source material with absolute grace and expertise. However
there are two true heroes that make Life of Pi work. Firstly the studio
and creative director behind the magnificent CGI. The Bengal tiger is
perhaps the best animated animal ever created! The angry green eyes,
richly textured orange white striped skin and every hair on its fur
look rich and full of life in 3D.And then when your hear the thunderous
roar for the first time, you will realize this is as real as it can
get! The rest of the animals (a Zebra, an orangutan) look great too.
The lovely blue ocean and its resident creatures are the jewel in the
crown. The other hero is the writer David Magee(screenplay) who adapts
the novel with near perfection. One gripe the fans of the novel might
have is the lack of all the gore descriptions and a particular chapter
that deals with the surviving 'French cook'. The addition of these
might have pleased the audience who sought for the philosophical
undertones from the story but the film would have lost out on the large
PG-13 crowd (a fair deal considering the enormous budget).
Life of Pi, is a rare masterpiece that stands as a prototype not only
for a perfect book adaptation and a 3D movie( sorry avatar, you have
just been replaced), but also for a movie based on intricacies of human
nature . Now that is simply an impressive triumph of film-making!
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