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20 September 2000 (France) See more »
Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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)
Shi-hui Chin ... Nancy
Jie Wu ... Wu Jie
Kuo-Chih Shu ... Shu Ge
Leon Dai ... Liren (as Liren Dai)
Mei-Yun Yu ... N.J.'s Neighbor
Chi-Tung Yu ... Xiao-Yen's Uncle
Lawrence Ko ... The Soldier (as Yulun Ke)
Liang-Tso Liu ... Dean (as Liangzuo Liu)
Li-hua Chen ... Lili's English Teacher (as Linhua Chen)
Yi-wen Chen ... Police Officer
Shau-Ching Sung ... Young Banker
Pei-An Lo ... Big Boss Huang (as Bei-an Luo)
Antonio Lee ... Piano Bar Pianist
Danny Deng ... A-Di's Friend
Ray Rui-Jun Fan ... A-Di's Friend / Yunyun (voice) (as Reijun Fan)
Chien-Hsiung Cheng ... A-Di's Friend (as Jianxiong Cheng)
Yuen-Shing Cheng ... A-Di's Friend (as Yuancheng Zhen)
Ju-Yin Tsai ... A-Di's Friend (as Ruying Cai)
Tzu-chieh Miao ... A-Di's Friend (as Jay Miao)
Jerry Sun ... A-Di's Friend (as Fajun Sun)
Tsung Sheng Tang ... Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe (as Congsheng Tang)
Chi-tsan Wang ... Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe
Jianchang Li ... Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe
Kenjirô Tsuda ... Robata Restaurant Clerk
Wei-Ning Wu ... The Concubine
Hui-Ling Chang ... Huiling
Kuei-Ying Hsu ... N.J.'s Secretary
Allen Lu ... Mrs. Jiang's Boyfriend
Shih-Ping Yang ... Grandma's Doctor
Tzu-Yen Yeh ... Grandma's Doctor (as Ziyan Ye)
Cheryl Yang ... The Doctor's Wife (as Jinhua Yang)
Wan-Yun Lee ... Xiao-Yan's Assistant
Hsiao-Wei Lin ... Xiao-Yan's Assistant
Yiting Wu ... The Baby
Wen-Chuan Wu ... Dada's Wife
Cheng-Kai Wang ... Security Guard
Nien-Chu Hsieh ... Policeman
Shi-Chi Chen ... Yang-Yang's Classmate
Kuang-Ting Hsiang ... Yang-Yang's Classmate
Yen-Chun Lin ... Yang-Yang's Classmate
Hsin-yi Wen ... Girl of Family Friends
An-yi Wen ... Girl of Family Friends
Tzu-Ai Tsai ... Girl of Family Friends
Yao-Wen Liu ... Girl of Family Friends
Wei-Chun Wu ... Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School
Szu-Chia Huang ... Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School (as Sijia Huang)
Ming-Min Yeh ... Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School
Yilian He ... Ting-Ting's Classmate
Katherine Lee ... Ting-Ting's Friend
Tricia Chen ... Ting-Ting's Friend
Christine Cheng ... Ting-Ting's Friend
Fiona Chen ... Ting-Ting's Friend
Cheng-Wan Pieh ... Policewoman
Kate Yeung ... Policewoman (as Qi Yang)
Shih-hue Tu ... Policewoman
Yu-Lung Yin ... Cultist
Lien-Lien Hsiao ... Min-Min's Co-worker
Xianghua Ye ... Min-Min's Co-worker
Sharon Mao ... Min-Min's Co-worker (as Xunrong Mao)
Liang-Hsin Hsieh ... Min-Min's Co-worker
Mitsu Sudo ... Old Lady at Atami Beach
Kiyotaka Ueno ... Hotel Clerk in Atami
Norihiko Hashimoto ... Hotel Clerk in Atami

Christian Storms ... Hotel Okura Guest
Azusa Naito ... Hotel Okura Guest
Hui-Hui Chiang ... Big Boss Huang's Lady
Huiping Wu ... Big Boss Huang's Lady
Stephanie Michelle Lord ... Big Boss Huang's Lady
Morgan Reynolds ... Big Boss Huang's Lady
Song-en Hu ... Music Store Manager
Shou-yao Liu ... Religious Cult Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine A. Blankstein (as An-an Hsu)
Kai-Li Peng ... Cellist in cello concert scene (uncredited)
Edward Yang ... Pianist in cello concert scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Yang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Yang  written by

Produced by
Shin'ya Kawai .... associate producer
Osamu Kunota .... associate producer
Yoshiko Okura .... assistant producer
Michiyo Satô .... assistant producer
Naoko Tsukeda .... associate producer
Wei-yen Yu .... associate producer
Original Music by
Kai-Li Peng 
Cinematography by
Wei-han Yang 
Film Editing by
Po-Wen Chen 
Production Design by
Art Direction by
Cheng-Kai Wang 
Makeup Department
Hua Kao .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yu-Hui Wang .... assistant director
Shih-Ping Yang .... assistant director
Sound Department
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound (as Du-Chih Du)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lung-Yu Li .... gaffer
Other crew
Tony Rayns .... subtitles: English

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yi yi" - Taiwan (original title)
"Yi Yi: A One and a Two..." - International (English title)
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173 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Ting-Ting:[Subtitled Version] Why is the world so different from what we thought it was? Now that you're awake and see it again... has it changed at all? Now I've closed my eyes... the world I see... is so beautiful.See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
insightful masterpiece, 28 April 2003
Author: Ozlem Alkan from Istanbul, Turkey

This insightful, beautifully written and directed film contemplates on many things concerning the modern individual. The focus is a family in Taipei, the feelings, struggles, conflicts of family members at different life stages. The architecture is used as a part of the story, the surroundings the characters are in, always seem to tell us something about that particular situation. The effects of modernity and capitalism on the individual and traditional values are aptly analyzed and basic human emotions like love, loneliness, commitment and frustration are contemplated with a hard to match observation and tenderness. The little boy seems to verbalize the director's approach to film making: "We only understand half of everything because we can only see what's in front of us." and Yang's camera aptly shows us "the other side" of every situation. As a character says "with films, we experience many more lives than we actually can in one lifetime" and this film is a whole life experience in 3 hours.

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