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Yi Yi (2000)
"Yi yi" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  16 December 2000 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nien-Jen Wu ...
N.J. (as Nianzhen Wu)
Elaine Jin ...
Min-Min
Issei Ogata ...
Mr. Ota
Kelly Lee ...
Ting-Ting
Jonathan Chang ...
Yang-Yang
Hsi-Sheng Chen ...
A-Di (as Xisheng Chen)
Su-Yun Ko ...
Sherry Chang-Breitner (as Suyun Ke)
Chuan-cheng Tao ...
Dada (as Michael Tao)
Shu-shen Hsiao ...
Xiao-Yan (as Shushen Xiao)
Meng-chin 'Adriene' Lin ...
Lili (as Adrian Lin)
Pang Chang Yu ...
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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Yi Yi  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,456 (USA) (6 October 2000)

Gross:

$235,951 (USA) (7 September 2001)
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Issei Ogata's English dialog was re-written and even improvised during the shooting by Ogata himself. Yang wanted to have his Japanese character speaking realistically, not in the stereotypical manner Japanese characters in English-speaking films often do. See more »

Quotes

Yang-Yang: I'm sorry, Grandma. It wasn't that I didn't want to talk to you. I think all the stuff I could tell you... You must already know. Otherwise, you wouldn't always tell me to 'Listen!' They all say you've gone away. But you didn't tell me where you went. I guess it's someplace you think I should know. But, Grandma, I know so little. Do you know what I want to do when I grow up? I want to tell people things they don't know. Show them stuff they haven't seen. It'll be so much fun. Perhaps one day......
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References Wild Wild West (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No.2, Moonlight
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Kai-Li Peng
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Contemplative and Contemporary
17 July 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is a beautiful piece of art. Every shot of the movie is like a painting in its own right. Hats off to cinematographer Wei-han Yang for getting so many splendid images on film. From his serene reflective shots against a city nocturnal background, to innovative bird eye-view shots, to neat mirror shots, to the perspective of the bedridden grandmother in a coma, to cars passing by in front of the actors, to gorgeous corporate buildings... everything on camera was meticulously thought out.

Director Edward Yang uses this visual candy diligently and incorporates it nicely into his narrative. His script is very poetic and allows for a lot of reflective pause... which is, you've guessed it, supported by silent stunning images. The characters feel very real and their problems and concerns move us. The little boy is simply adorable and his perspective on life is quite refreshing. The dialogue is rich and intelligent and if you listen carefully you'll understand why this movie is so long... But the length does not drag the movie. Rather it allows us to think and to appreciate. There is enough material in this movie (both words and images) to have anyone musing for days if he so desires.

The ending of the movie is very well done and you don't really know if you feel like laughing or crying at that point, but you certainly know that you have just witnessed an amazing movie, a movie without proper description. Because like Yang chose to do, I should just be silent and let you enjoy.


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