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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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Sherry Chang-Breitner (as Suyun Ke)
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Dada (as Michael Tao)
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Lili (as Adrian Lin)
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Yunyun (as Xinyi Zeng)
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,456, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,136,776
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Although Yi Yi (2000) is often regarded as one of the greatest Taiwanese films ever made, it is never officially released to the public in Taiwan (2015). See more »

Quotes

Ota: Why are we afraid of the first time? Every day in life is a first time. Every morning is new. We never live the same day twice. We're never afraid of getting up every morning. Why?
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References Wild Wild West (1999) See more »

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Summer Time
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Such universal human interactions you'll rarely see so honestly...
26 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Yi Yi (2000)

Losing director Edward Lang recently (he died in 2007) was hard on the film world in general, as well as on Chinese language films with an international reach. And "Yi Yi" is a great, offbeat and yet accessible, likable film. What happens is very simple--an extended family is portrayed over several months as they enter relationships and life takes its usual tragic-comic toll. In a way, nothing in particular happens. There is no grand focus to the film in the usual sense (a murder, a love affair, a business deal gone wrong) but instead all of these things happen and overlap.

Some viewers will surely find it too dull and slow to withstand, but most viewers (the majority) once you give it a chance, will find the humanity bracing, the honesty of the acting and the writing (also by Lang) alive and well. It is filmed with straight forward storytelling expertise, but it is paced and edited with a higher order of intelligence. The sequence of disparate events, as young and old people fall in love and have close calls with death, is meshed together with intuitive brilliance.

It might somehow not be a great film. It might lack the larger turning point drama to make it stand out and make a viewer stand up. But it's a quiet, almost magical film with terrific acting. Maybe the largest thing I took away from it is how universal people's activities are. True, this is Taiwan and not mainland China, so things are more Westernized, but we can identify with everything so acutely it's quite amazing. A gem of a film, too long, but still a gem.


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