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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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18 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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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)
Shihui Jin ... Nancy
Jie Wu ... Wu Jie
Guozhi Shu ... Shu Ge
Leon Dai ... Liren (as Liren Dai)
Meiyun Yu ... N.J.'s Neighbor
Qidong 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
Reijun Fan ... A-Di's Friend / Yunyun (voice)
Jianyong Chen ... A-Di's Friend (as Jianxong Cheng)
Yuen-Shing Cheng ... A-Di's Friend (as Yuancheng Zhen)
Rubin Cai ... A-Di's Friend (as Ruying Cai)
Tzu-chieh Miao ... A-Di's Friend (as Jay Miao)
Fajun Sun ... A-Di's Friend
Tsung Sheng Tang ... Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe (as Congsheng Tang)
Qizan Wang ... Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe
Li Jianchang ... Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe (as Jianchang Li)
Kenjirô Tsuda ... Robata Restaurant Clerk
Weining Wu ... The Concubine
Huiling Zhang ... Huiling
Guiying Xu ... N.J.'s Secretary
Allen Lu ... Mrs. Jiang's Boyfriend
Shiping Yang ... Grandma's Doctor
Ziyan Ye ... Grandma's Doctor
Jinhua Yang ... The Doctor's Wife
Wanyun Li ... Xiao-Yan's Assistant
Xiaowei Lin ... Xiao-Yan's Assistant
Yiting Wu ... The Baby
Wenjuan Xu ... Dada's Wife
Zhengkai Wang ... Security Guard
Nianzu Xie ... Policeman
Shiqi Chen ... Yang-Yang's Classmate
Guangting Xiang ... Yang-Yang's Classmate
Yanchuen Lin ... Yang-Yang's Classmate
Xinyi Wen ... Girl of Family Friends
Anyi Wen ... Girl of Family Friends
Ciai Cai ... Girl of Family Friends
Yaowen Liu ... Girl of Family Friends
Weijun Wu ... Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School
Sijia Huang ... Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School
Mingmin Ye ... 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
Zhengwan Bie ... Policewoman
Kate Yeung ... Policewoman (as Qi Yang)
Sihui Du ... Policewoman
Yu-long 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)
Liangxing Xie ... 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
Huihui Jiang ... 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

Tamara Robertson ... Big Boss Huang's Lady
Song-en Hu ... Music Store Manager
Shouyau 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
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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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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Chosen by British film magazine "Sight and Sound" in 2002 as one of the ten greatest films of the past 25 years.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 »
Movie Connections:
Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No.2, MoonlightSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
We'll Look Back on This One as a Masterpiece, 5 March 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

"Yi yi" is a lovely film, pulsing with warmth and humanity. It tells the story of a Taiwanese family coping with the everyday fears and anxieties of which life is made. In the end, the movie suggests, there are no trivial moments in our lives, even if they seem so at the time -- any one person's life is an accumulation of both the trivial and the significant. What makes it worth getting out of bed every day is the fact that we will never live a day exactly like the one before it.

The structure of "Yi yi" mirrors its theme -- the film is a gradual accumulation of quiet moments that build toward something deeply moving. We watch the father of the household reconnect with an old flame, only to see his disappointment when the realities of his past don't match his idealized memories of them. We watch the mother battle depression and the overwhelming sense that she lives day to day doing nothing with herself or her life. She seeks meaning by leaving her family to spend time at a religious commune, but she learns that the answers she's looking for aren't to be found there. We watch the adolescent daughter timidly flirt with sex and dating, a young girl only beginning to unearth the complexities of what it means to become an adult. But my favorite character is the 8-year-old son, who takes pictures with his camera because he wants to show other people what they're not able to see for themselves. He's a little boy who is old enough to understand that there are things he can tell people that they don't already know, but he's too young yet to know how to communicate those things. One has to wonder if this character is the young alter-ego of the film's writer and director, Edward Yang.

"Yi yi" isn't flashy. It doesn't intertwine all of these characters' story lines with clever narrative sleight of hand; it doesn't pile coincidences on top of coincidences like these multi-narrative ensemble films frequently do. It's not histrionic, and it doesn't build to some overheated climax. It's not interested in doing any of those things. It unfolds the way life unfolds, and it makes us deeply care about these people, and even makes us love them in a way, flaws and all. It reminded me very much of an Ozu film, with its static camera that chooses to sit back and observe rather than tell us how to feel.

"Yi yi" feels like a modest work of art while you're watching it, but it lingers in the head and its power builds the longer you have to muse over it. It's the kind of movie I have a feeling we'll look back on in twenty years and recognize as a masterpiece.

Grade: A+

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