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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:
17 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Reflections multiply the beauty of this film beyond anyone's rating system 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)
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
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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
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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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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Chosen by British film magazine "Sight and Sound" in 2002 as one of the ten greatest films of the past 25 years.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 »
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Soundtrack:
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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Reflections multiply the beauty of this film beyond anyone's rating system, 25 May 2001
Author: primco from san francisco

I'd love to do a systematic investigation of every reflective shot in this movie. I can think of 10 stunning examples off the top of my head. In the director's comments track on the DVD you can hear Edward get noticeably excited when another reflective shot presents itself on screen. He points them all out, and it's true that the shots do seem to present themselves to the director. Although you must assume he had something to do with them, he confesses that it was magic that he discovered when he got to the location. Neither he nor I can explain what effect the superimposition of a night cityscape on a dark office space has on our understanding of the emotional world of the character sandwiched between the layers of light.

It seems there is magic at work all around. But it is not magic at all, as we learn from Mr. Ota's card trick -- merely attention. Maybe it's the reflection's ability to split out attention out into many streams of thought and quickly focus it back down that gives his scenes their vertiginous exhilaration. How else to explain the rush one feels from looking at a completely static shot where you can barely make out the actors?

He set out to make a film about family but I think he discovered he also wanted to make a film about life in Taipei. The reflections are the device that lets him make two movies at once. I think that's what is most special about each reflective shot. It is the instantaneous visual realization of an epic goal, and a reminder to the audience of both themes working in the movie.

His assuredness and gentleness astounds me.

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