Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Alternate title: A One And A Two
Taiwan/Japan, 2000. 1+2 Seisaku Iinkai, Atom Films, AtomFilms, Basara Pictures, Pony Canyon. Screenplay by Edward Yang. Cinematography by Wei-han Yang. Produced by Shin’ya Kawai, Osamu Kunota, Naoko Tsukeda, Wei-yen Yu. Music by Kai-Li Peng. Production Design by Peng. Film Editing by Po-Wen Chen. Cannes Film Festival 2000. New York Film Critics Awards 2000. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
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.