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Director:
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 & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
About as good as film can get 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)
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)
Lihua Chen ... Lili's English Teacher (as Linhua Chen)
Yiwen 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)
Yuancheng Zheng ... 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
Yulong Ying ... Cultist
Lianlian Xiao ... 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
Peng 
 
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:
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:
References Pretty Woman (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
Cello Sonata No.1 in F-Major, Op 5-1See more »

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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
About as good as film can get, 20 February 2001
Author: William J. Fickling (wfickling@sc.rr.com) from Columbia, South Carolina, USA

This is without a doubt the best film of 2000, a masterpiece of sublety and understatement. It is long--just under three hours--but during that three hours, the entire range of human experience is covered. It is about life--that's it. But, to make a statement about life, you have to illustrate it with lives, and this Yang does exquisitely. There is a tragic undercurrent running through this film, and while I was watching it I thought of Thoreau's observation that "most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Yet, in spite of the travails the film's characters undergo, it is ultimately a work of affirmation. This is about as good as the art of cinema can get.

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