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Life of Pi

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a great honor for me to stand here to give me report. It ’s about a film named Life of Pi. Because I think that most of you have watched the film. So the main purpose of my report is to discuss what the film wants to express with you rather than introducing the film.

Life of Pi is a 2012 American survival drama film based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. It was directed by Ang Lee. The storyline revolves around an Indian man named "Pi", telling a novelist about his life story, and how at 16 he survived a shipwreck in which his family died, and was stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

Life of Pi emerged as a critical and commercial success, earning about $600 million worldwide. It was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards which included the Best Picture – Drama and the Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. At the 85th Academy Awards it had eleven nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won four (the most for the event) including Best Director for Ang Lee. The story involves the 227 days that its teenage hero spent drifting across the Pacific in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They found themselves in the same boat after an amusing and colorful prologue, which itself could have been enlarged into an exciting family film. Then it expanded into a parable of survival, acceptance and adaptation.

Pi was born in India .He believed in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism at the same time. As the son of a zookeeper, Pi had a special knowledge of animal behavior and a

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fervent love of stories. When Pi was sixteen, his family emigrated from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sank. Pi’s family members all died. He luckily fell on the lifeboat and survived, with his only companions a hyena, a gorilla, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger.

In the first 3 days, the hyena killed and ate the gorilla and zebra. And then the tiger killed the hyena. Pi knew that he can't beat Richard, so he made the final choice to get along with Richard in the face of drift life. In the 7 months, he collected water, fish and shrimp, and used all the sea survival skills to feed the tiger, as well as to let himself down. Soon the tiger had dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and smartness allowed him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reached the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker fled to the jungle, never to be seen again.

Of course, the drift also encountered storm, sharks and a variety of exciting and and bloody scenes. After a short stay in the cannibal island, Pi left with the tiger in panic and began drifting again until he was rescued in Mexico beach. At the same time, the tiger Richard turned to the forest and disappeared without looking back.

The story had a few good shots that I cannot forget. For the purpose to let Pi recognize that the tigers are brutal, Pi’s father put weak animals in a tiger cage, letting pi saw the bloody scene. It was cruel, but it is the rule of survival. When Pi asked the gorilla where its children had gone, we can easily tell the deep sorrow inside its eyes. It’s the deep mother love. Pi and Richard Parker both looked at sea water when there were only

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they two left on the boat. We don’t know what Richard Parker saw, but Pi must have seen his dead parents and his animal friends. We could imagine Richard Parker saw the forest where it was caught by hunters at early age. It once had home and loved ones and it was missing all these at the moment.

If the movie stops here, we will just regard it as an fantasy movie with dazzling visual effects like Avatar .But Ang Lee is always beyond our expectation.

The truth is:

Pi told us two stories. One was about the drift between the young man and the tiger. The other one was what the novelist concluded that the cook killed and ate the seaman, then killed Pi’s mother, eventually Pi killed and ate the cook. The grown Pi didn’t declare against the conclusion. Instead, he just asked the novelist which story he liked. Grown Pi said the novelist believed in god after he got the answer.

The two stories have one thing in common: in the end only Pi survived. But looking back the reciprocating scenes and all details, it’s not hard to find the truth that the first story is the metaphor of the reality and the second one is the reality. 1. All of life is an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.

2. Pi: “Religion is a house with many rooms.” Writer: “But no room for doubt?”Pi: “Oh yes! On every floor.”

3. I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.

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4. If every unfolding we experience takes us further along in life, then, we are truly experiencing what life is offering... 1. Life is a story about belief and courage

Life of Pi, according to Yann Martel, the author of the novel, can be summarized in three statements: "Life is a story... You can choose your story... A story with god is the better story." A recurring theme throughout the film seems to be believability. Pi at the end of the film asks the two investigators "If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for?" According to Gordon Houser there are two main themes of the film: "that all life is interdependent, and that we live and breathe via belief." Some people have described the story as one of "personal growth through adversity." The main character learnt that "tigers are dangerous" at a young age when his father forced him to watch the zoo's Royal Bengal tiger ate a live goat. Later, after the shipwreck, he spent 7 months with the tiger on the lifeboat, faced with many difficulties. During this hard experience, he tried all he can to survive and to get on well with the tiger. Pi developed "alpha" qualities as he mustered the strength, will and skills that he needed to survive.

Life is a travel of defeating animal desire.

Pi gave the answer to the question “Live as a monster or die as a good man?” Can something brutal and something spiritualist coexist with each other? The answer in Guardisland is to ruin one’s soul to prevent his/her animal desire. Animal desire and soul

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go to ruin together. Great Gun told us that soul can defeat animal desire. But Pi seems like to choose to be a good guy in life whose heart is protected by animals. Thank god for giving soul to me, thank animal desire for enriching my soul.

In Brokeback Mountain , a phrase became popular because of Ang Lee: there is a Brokeback Mountain in everyone’s heart, in Life of Pi, it can be replaced by that there is a tiger in everyone’s heart.

I was flying in the sea , there was a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker inside me.