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Yi Yi (2000)

Yi yi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2000 (Japan)
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Each member of a middle-class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

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Edward Yang

Writer:

Edward Yang
15 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nien-Jen Wu ... N.J. (as Nianzhen Wu)
Issei Ogata ... Mr. Ota
Elaine Jin ... Min-Min
Kelly Lee Kelly Lee ... Ting-Ting
Jonathan Chang 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 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 Hsin-Yi Tseng ... Yunyun (as Xinyi Zeng)
Yung-Feng Lee Yung-Feng Lee ... Migo (as Yungfeng Li)
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Storyline

Buttressed between two milestone events within their personal sphere, the lives of the Jians - husband and wife N.J. and Min-Min, teenage daughter Ting-Ting, and eight year old son Yang-Yang - and to a lesser extent that of their broader grouping of extended family and friends, are presented. The Jians live in an upscale apartment complex in Taipei along with Min-Min's mother, who has fallen into a coma, each family member who takes turns by her bedside to relay life's goings-on to her regardless of if she can hear them. While Min-Min has troubles with this on-going task, the other three use her as an unofficial sounding board for their issues, primarily in the realm of finding their place in current life and their role in her predicament. Yang-Yang still has a child's simple perspective of the world, such as the reason he has a penchant for taking photographs of the back of people's heads, that naiveté exactly the reason he is the target of bullying especially among a group of older ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Ranked number 25 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

Quotes

Yang-Yang: Daddy, you can't see what I see and I can't see what you see. So how can I know what you see?
N.J.: Good question. I never thought of that. That's why we need a camera. Do you want one to play with?
Yang-Yang: Daddy, can we only know half of the truth?
N.J.: What? I don't get it
Yang-Yang: I can only see what's in front, not what's behind. So I can only know half of the truth, right?
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References My Neighbor Totoro (1988) See more »

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Summer Time
Music by George Gershwin
Performed by Kelly Lee
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Contemplative and Contemporary
17 July 2001 | by christian94See all my reviews

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. 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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Country:

Taiwan | Japan

Release Date:

16 December 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Yi Yi See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,136,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,196,218
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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