Yi Yi (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

Alternate title:  A One And A Two

Taiwan/Japan2000.  1+2 Seisaku Iinkai, Atom Films, AtomFilms, Basara Pictures, Pony Canyon.  Screenplay by Edward Yang.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .   Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Edward Yang’s film is a subtly textured and perfectly designed cross-section of a Taipei family.  The main characters in the film are having to deal with their aging matriarch going into a coma; from there they spin off into their own worlds, full of their personal joys and sorrows. Sounds pretty corny in description, but in watching the film you are overcome with the brilliant reality of it all thanks mostly to Yang’s playing up the more touching aspects of events and not their sentimentality.  Running just under three hours, the film is huge and every minute of it counts; it’s not be missed.

The Criterion Collection:  #339

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Edward Yang)

European Film Award Nomination:  Screen International Award

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

One Comment Add yours

  1. Chaz says:

    Liked this film a lot 🙂

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