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Yi Yi (2000)

Yi yi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2000 (Japan)
Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

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A-Di (as Xisheng Chen)
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Sherry Chang-Breitner (as Suyun Ke)
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Dada (as Michael Tao)
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Xiao-Yan (as Shushen Xiao)
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Lili (as Adrian Lin)
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Pangzi (as Yupang Chang)
Ru-Yun Tang ...
Grandma (as Ruyun Tang)
Shu-Yuan Hsu ...
Mrs. Jiang (as Shuyuan Xu)
Hsin-Yi Tseng ...
Yunyun (as Xinyi Zeng)
Yung-Feng Lee ...
Migo (as Yungfeng Li)
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Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries. NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife suffers a spiritual crisis when she finds her life a blank, his business partners make bad decisions against his advice, and he reconnects with his first love 30 years after he dumped her. His teenage daughter Ting-Ting watches emotions roil in their neighbors' flat and is experiencing the first stirrings of love. His 8-year-old son Yang-Yang is laconic like his dad and pursues truth with the help of a camera. "Why is the world so different from what we think it is?" asks Ting-Ting. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$9,456 (USA) (8 October 2000)

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$1,136,776 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Edward Yang's final film. See more »

Quotes

Ting-Ting: Daddy, you can't see what I see and I can't see what you see. So how can I know what you see?
N.J.: Good question. I never thought of that. That's why we need a camera. Do you want one to play with?
Ting-Ting: Daddy, can we only know half of the truth?
N.J.: What? I don't get it
Ting-Ting: I can only see what's in front, not what's behind. So I can only know half of the truth, right?
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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Summer Time
Music by George Gershwin
Performed by Kelly Lee
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utterly compelling
18 January 2003 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I was a little skeptical that this long and fairly slow-moving movie would be able to hold my attention throughout its 173 minute running time - how wrong I was to be skeptical! Yi Yi is a thoroughly captivating film that I enjoyed immensely, and I completely enjoyed every moment of it. The director's technique of filming a lot through windows and at wide angles gives it an almost voyeuristic feel, but this doesn't alienate the viewer, instead it gives the feeling you're watching real lives unfold, a kind of privileged 'fly on the wall' style, and the 'slice-of-life' term often used to describe Yi Yi is appropriate. The film manages to balance humor, sensitivity, and emotion. It's beautifully shot, sensitively directed, and incredibly well acted by all involved. It sounds like a cliche to say it, but it is one of those movies that has everything: cute kids, family dysfunction, reminisces of decisions made in the past, regret, love, hope, and beauty. It's an uplifting piece of filmmaking but also tinged with sadness, very human, and utterly absorbing.


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