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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:
17 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Contemplative and Contemporary See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nien-Jen Wu ... N.J.
Elaine Jin ... Min-Min
Issei Ogata ... Ota
Kelly Lee ... Ting-Ting
Jonathan Chang ... Yang-Yang
Hsi-Sheng Chen ... Ah-Di
Su-Yun Ko ... Sherry
Shu-shen Hsiao ... Hsiao Yen
Adriene Lin ... Li-Li
Pang Chang Yu ... Fatty
Ru-Yun Tang ... NJ's Mother
Shu-Yuan Hsu
Hsin-Yi Tseng ... Yun-Yun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine A. Blankstein (as An-an Hsu)
Yiwen Chen
Lawrence Ko ... The Soldier (as Yulun Ke)
Liang-tso Liu
Tzu-chieh Miao
Kai-Li Peng ... Cellist in cello concert scene
Tsung Sheng Tang ... Blue Shirt
Chuan-cheng Tao
Edward Yang ... Pianist in cello concert scene
Lee Yung-Feng
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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
Bo-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
Du-Che 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:
Issei Ogata's English dialog was re-written and even improvised during the shooting by Ogata himself. Yang wanted to have his Japanese character speaking realistically, not in the stereotypical manner Japanese characters in English-speaking films often do.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 Wild Wild West (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
One More MoonSee more »

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20 out of 24 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 out. 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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