Life of Pi

November 21st 2012
  • Drama/Fantasy,
  • PG,
  • 127 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Suraj Sharma, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Shravanthi Sainath, Andrea Di Stefano, Ayush Tandon, Ayan Khan, Vibish Sivakumar, Gautam Belur
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Writers: David Magee, Yann Martel
  • Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
  • Co Producer: David Lee
  • Associate Producers: Kevin Richard Buxbaum, William M. Connor, Michael J. Malone, Pravesh Sahni
  • Executive Producer: Dean Georgaris
  • Art Direction: Dan Webster
  • Casting: Avy Kaufman
  • Costume Design: Arjun Bhasin
  • D.O.P.: Claduio Miranda
  • Editor: Tim Squyres
  • Makeup: Kristin Chalmers
  • Music: Mychael Danna
  • Production Design: David Gropman
  • Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock


Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Munar, India; Pondicherry, India; Taichung, Taiwan
  • MPAA Warning: Emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril
  • Production Budget: $70 million
  • Production Companies: Rhythm and Hues, Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 3 January 2011 – March 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Something of a wild card during next year's award season is "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's multi-award winning 2001 novel. The story follows a young boy who survives a freighter sinking and is stuck in a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger.

It's a tricky tale though due to its heavy multi-religion themes, use of allegory, the use of various wild animals as characters, and some quite dark moments in a warm and wry adventure tone. Throw in the mostly contained lifeboat setting and Fox's desire to release the film in regular and IMAX 3D and you have a challenge for even the most adept filmmaker.

"Finding Neverland" scribe David Magee adapted the script for the project which originally had the likes M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón and Jean-Pierre Jeunet attached to direct. With Lee they've got a classy sensibility, but the project itself is something of a marketing nightmare outside of the pre-existing fanbase of the book. Could be one of the year's best and boldest films, or a wasted opportunity of the worst kind - there's very little middle ground here."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 21 November 2012: Puerto Rico, Taiwan
  • 22 November 2012: Hong Kong
  • 29 November 2012: Cambodia, Singapore
  • 30 November 2012: Spain
  • 19 December 2012: Belgium, France
  • 20 December 2012: Belarus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, UK
  • 21 December 2012: Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, Sweden, Venezuela
  • 25 December 2012: Denmark, Norway
  • 26 December 2012: Germany
  • 27 December 2012: Dominican Republic, Peru
  • 28 December 2012: Poland, Turkey
  • 1 January 2013: Australia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama
  • 3 January 2013: Bolivia, Chile
  • 4 January 2013: Guatemala, Honduras
  • 10 January 2013: Argentina