Yi Yi

Yi Yi

DVD - 2006 | Chinese
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Follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Whether chronicling middle-aged father, NJ's tenuous flirtation with an old flame or precocious young son Yang-Yang's attempts at capturing reality with his beloved camera
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, [2006]
Branch Call Number: DVD Yi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 173 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 18, 2019

One of the greatest movies of this century so far - in my opinion. “Yi Yi,” a 2000 Taiwanese drama written & directed by Edward Yang, chronicles a family’s experience with life, death & love, interweaving these massive concepts into a simple story, through metaphor. The plot follows N.J., his teenage daughter, Ting-Ting, & his young son, Yang-Yang. Beginning with N.J. running into his first love, Shelly whom he abandoned as a teenage boy. They recall their past & present feelings, now that N.J. is married, & Shelly is living with her American husband. Much of their experience is mirrored by Ting-Ting, pursuing a relationship with a boy called Fatty. While, Yang-Yang navigates his simple life, with a camera. And, N.J.’s wife, Min-Min & the family cope with her mother lying in a coma.
N.J. is employed by a video game developer: inter-cutting between an ultrasound & his colleague complaining about the consumer’s yearning for simulated violence over life, the film expresses its opinion on the state of humanity.
Brilliant & reserved performances from all. An experience that will not drown you in sound & colour - a subtle perspective of life, long as you sit back & enjoy. 5/5 stars
@reviewperson of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLIanH Aug 30, 2019

There's a lot of deep truth in this deceptively simple family drama, and the three hour running time flies by. There's just so much heart in this and so much care put into the characters, and director Edward Yang makes it all feel so effortless.

Jul 14, 2017

A critical, if not a commercial, hit (I mean, don't American audiences love 3 hour Taiwanese films?) when it came out in 2000, Edward Yang's "Yi Yi" was recently on the New York Times' list of the best 25 films of the 21st century. It is long and slow-moving, but it's also an absorbing and intimate look at a group of family and friends navigating everyday life in Taipei. If you can commit, it's ultimately rewarding. This was an early release from the Criterion Collection.
"The Chinese title of the film is 'Yi Yi,' which literally translate to 'one-one,' and 'one-one' means 'individually' in Chinese."-Edward Yang

Sep 10, 2015

Superficially a rather mundane film, but when looked at with patience it is profundity simply expressed; makes everyday living reveal its power.

Mar 18, 2014

I really loved this movie by Yang. It's the type of movie you rarely see coming out of Hollywood. Apparently, Taiwanese is dead now which is unfortunate because I'd love to see more movies from Edward. Touching, funny, poignant and memorable film. Highly recommended.

Jun 01, 2013

This is a beautiful, contemplative film about the small decisions you make that end up determining your life. Very well acted and directed.

Feb 02, 2013

My friend and I only lasted 90' through this mildly interesting 3-hour saga of disfunctional Taiwan families. Why is this film in the Criterion Collection? The performances are strong, but the dialogue is hard for this English speaker to follow, and untangling the plot and characters just doesn't seem worth the trouble.


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