Sneak peek: ‘Life of Pi’ releases trailer

Posted at Dec 06 2012 04:54 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2012 12:55 AM

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee, best known for the box-office hits “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” sets foot in his first foray into 3D filmmaking in the much-awaited “Life of Pi.”

Based on the best-selling book, “Life of Pi” tells the incredible story of Piscine Militor Patel or Pi who grew up among tigers, zebras, hippos, and other wild animals. He develops his own theories about faith, belief, and human (and animal) nature – but after Pi attempts to befriend a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, the young boy learns a harsh lesson about the relationship between human and beast.

Pi’s world is then shaken by sweeping changes occurring in his country, and when Pi is 17, his parents decide to relocate to Canada. But while they are on board a Japanese cargo vessel, the ship sinks, but Pi miraculously survives. He is cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean aboard a boat with a most unexpected traveling companion – Richard Parker.

Lee’s vision, coupled with 3D visuals, has turned a novel long thought un-filmable into a thrilling mix of grand storytelling and powerful themes of courage, perseverance, inspiration and hope.

“Life of Pi” in 3D and 2D format will open January 9 nationwide.