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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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18 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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We can't see how our head behind us looks like See more (89 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)
Yung-Feng Lee
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

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
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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Also Known As:
"Yi yi" - Taiwan (original title)
"Yi Yi: A One and a Two..." - International (English title)
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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:
Ota:Why are we afraid of the first time? Every day in life is a first time. Every morning is new. We never live the same day twice. We're never afraid of getting up every morning. Why?See more »
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All My BestSee more »

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33 out of 47 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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