PG certificateLife of Pi is a Film programme that first aired in 2012 and has been classified a PG certificate.

Life of Pi is a 4 star programme

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Life of Pi (2012)

Directed by
Ang Lee

In present day Canada, middle-aged Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) is sitting across from a visiting writer recounting a remarkable tale of faith, ingenuity and endurance - his life story.

Pi tells of growing up in the blissful surroundings of Pondicherry, India, until his father decides to pack up their family-run zoo and start a new life in Canada. On the journey a violent and devastating storm hits their ship. While Pi is ushered to the safety of a life boat, everyone else perishes, leaving the teenager (Suraj Sharma) afloat in the middle of the sea with only his father's Bengal tiger - Richard Parker - for company. As days become weeks, Pi battles starvation, exhaustion and the elements, while reconciling the fact that his only companion is also the greatest threat to his survival.

Scaring off a clutch of distinguished directors, it has taken the determination and unique eye of Ang Lee to bring Martel's supposedly unfilmable tale to the screen.

The film's ground-breaking CGI has grabbed all the headlines, with both the mind-bendingly realistic tiger and Pi's more fantastical discoveries making for instantly iconic imagery. However, with sensitive performances and an emotionally involving narrative, the story also grips from start to finish.

As well as earning Lee his second Best Director Oscar (he scooped his first in 2005 for his epic Western Brokeback Mountain), Life of Pi's breathtaking visuals saw it scoop Academy Awards for Cinematography and Visual Effects, alongside a fourth for its shimmering, India-inspired score.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 132 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2012

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA/Taiwan

Filmed in Colour


Image for Suraj SharmaSuraj Sharma...Pi Patel
Image for Irrfan KhanIrrfan Khan...Adult Pi Patel
Ayush Tandon...Pi Patel 11/12 Years
Gautam Belur...Pi Patel 5 Years
Adil Hussain...Santosh Patel
Tabu...Gita Patel
Ayan Khan...Ravi Patel 7 Years
Mohd Abbas Khaleeli...Ravi Patel 13/14 Years
Vibish Sivakumar...Ravi Patel 18/19 Years
Image for Rafe SpallRafe Spall...Writer
Image for Gérard DepardieuGérard Depardieu...Cook
James Saito...Older Insurance Investigator
Jun Naito...Younger Insurance Investigator
Andrea Di Stefano...Priest
Shravanthi Sainath...Anandi