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Writer:
Edward Yang (written by)
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Release Date:
20 September 2000 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
20 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Contemplative and Contemporary See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (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
Peng 
 
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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Runtime:
173 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.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?See more »
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Soundtrack:
All My BestSee more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Contemplative and Contemporary, 17 July 2001
Author: Christian from Canada

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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