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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 family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
18 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
breathtaking See more (88 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:
Director Edward Yang's final film.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...See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Sweetly BreathingSee more »

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33 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
breathtaking, 21 May 2001
Author: mattwakeman (mattwakeman@hotmail.com) from cardiff uni

Films like American Beauty give rise to a huge amount of hype, they are hailed as being intelligent and having things to say. The reason that they stand out so much is that in the multiplexes in which they are shown, the cause of their difference to the family comedies and juvenile violence, is by actually having something called 'Character Development'.

This would appear to be a foreign issue to the majority of film makes. But luckily for some cinema goers, it is not a foreign area for people like Edward Yang. 'Yi Yi' is an exquisite observation of a family in which all the ages are represented at varying stages of life. From the father struggling to retain his sense of thinking that work is still important, his wife struggling with the illness of her mother. And his children learning in their own ways about what life has to offer, both of which like everyone else in the film are superbly acted.

Life rolls through every one of these characters and the annoying stereotypes that to a certain extent ruined American Beauty, for me anyway, are not here. Every character is superbly drawn and fantastically beautiful. For some people no doubt this film would be hell. Three hours of dialogue and a story which purports to show nothing more than life being lived. It is a great example of the art of writing however, that the characters remain with us long after the film has finished.

Although the entire cast was terrific one performance, for me, rose above the norm. It was Issey Ogata in the role of the cutting edge games designer Ota. His speech of our fear of newness when surely every day is unique really did take my breath away. It is a superbly shot film but the editing is excellent. So many times there were cross-fertilisation of ideas and story strands. When we could see the same relationship being played out in three very different stages amongst the members of the same family.

People may complain that maybe not a lot happens, that people don't really go anywhere and nothing is resolved. To me, however, this is a slice of life. Of all of our lives as we try to make sense not only of those around us but of ourselves. The closest recent film that i have seen to this is 'Magnolia' and while i would certainly recommend that whole-heartedly, there have been very few films that i have felt so accurately portrayed people as being people as 'Yi Yi'.

This is a film that reminds me of how good films can be. It also reminds me of how lucky I am to be able to enjoy and appreciate being moved by three hours of skill and effort. Simply breathtaking.

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