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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 »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Edward Yang's final film.See more »
Quotes:
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 »
Movie Connections:
References Pretty Woman (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Smile in HandSee more »

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33 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
We can't see how our head behind us looks like, 19 December 2004
Author: K-Line from United States

Edward Yang's Yi Yi is a film made in Taipei, the biggest city in Taiwan, and he demonstrates the sadness of the people who work hard but can not find out the meaning of life. He successfully uses many reflection-frames to suggest to people that life is not just working hard and making money.

The first reflection-frame happens when grandma is suddenly sent to the hospital. Yang has the camera focus on the hospital windows during the dialogue between NJ and his brother-in-law, A-Di, so we can see their reflection on the windows. Reflection-frames in each film do not always have the same meanings and they depend on different situations. Therefore, I suggest that Yang tried to show that people can see their reflection by windows or mirror anytime, but they are too busy to look and see how they have changed.Also, they are afraid to face the truth in the reflection because the truth is not what they want.

A-Di's reflection on the windows shows us his dishonesty. He always has trouble with money, and his promise that he will give back NJ's money soon is not true. On the other hand, NJ actually does not care much about money. Moreover, in this reflection, there is one window frame set between them, and their reflection is separated by that window frame. The separation suggests that NJ is different than A-Di, and the value of money is not as an important to NJ as A-Di. Also, A-Di's reflection in the framed window takes up more space than NJ's reflection. Yang may suggest that the majority of people in the big city are like A-Di who has the ambition to make a great deal of money. People in the city are unhappy and unsatisfied with the property they have, so they spend more time to make more money. However, NJ taking up a small space in the framed reflection represents the minority of people who struggle to find work that is interesting to them. Mostly, people whose work interest them can not make enough money for their family.

Besides, Yang can be connected with NJ's reflection, which takes up a small and narrow space in the frame. He chooses the work which he is interested, but his films hardly make money even through he makes great films. Referencing to Yang's background, he graduated from an electric engineering department in good school. He can work in a highly technical company and have a good paying job, like NJ. However, he predicts that he will be unhappy as NJ is. Therefore, he chooses to make films as his job and enjoy it whether or not his film can make money as commercial film.

The reflection-frame in the hospital is an ironic: NJ is worrying about the situation of his mother-in-law, but A-Di is worrying about his financial trouble. Because A-Di was born and raised by the person who is in the emergency room, he should show more worry than NJ, but A-Di doesn't. This situation reminds me of Noriko in Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953). Noriko shows more care to her dead husband's parents than other members in the family. Ozu is a Japanese and made "Tokyo Story" half a century ago; however, Yang is a Taiwanese and made Yi Yi almost fifty years after "Tokyo Story". Even through they use different film techniques, both Ozu and Yang arouse viewers to balance the importance between money and family.

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