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Yi Yi ()

Yi yi (original title)
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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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N.J. (as Nianzhen Wu)
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Min-Min
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Mr. Ota
Kelly Lee ...
Ting-Ting
Jonathan Chang ...
Yang-Yang
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A-Di (as Xisheng Chen)
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Sherry Chang-Breitner (as Suyun Ke)
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Dada (as Michael Tao)
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Xiao-Yan (as Shushen Xiao)
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Lili (as Adrian Lin)
Pang Chang Yu ...
Pangzi (as Yupang Chang)
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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)
Shi-hui Chin ...
Nancy
Jie Wu ...
Wu Jie
Kuo-Chih Shu ...
Shu Ge
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Liren (as Liren Dai)
Mei-Yun Yu ...
N.J.'s Neighbor
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Xiao-Yen's Uncle
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The Soldier (as Yulun Ke)
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Dean (as Liangzuo Liu)
Li-Hua Chen ...
Lili's English Teacher (as Linhua Chen)
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Police Officer
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Young Banker
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Big Boss Huang (as Bei-an Luo)
Antonio Lee ...
Piano Bar Pianist
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A-Di's Friend
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A-Di's Friend / Yunyun (voice) (as Reijun Fan)
Chien-Hsiung Cheng ...
A-Di's Friend (as Jianxiong Cheng)
Yuen-Cheng Cheng ...
A-Di's Friend (as Yuancheng Zhen)
Ju-Yin Tsai ...
A-Di's Friend (as Ruying Cai)
Tzu-chieh Miao ...
A-Di's Friend (as Jay Miao)
Jerry Sun ...
A-Di's Friend (as Fajun Sun)
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Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe (as Congsheng Tang)
Chi-tsan Wang ...
Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe
Jianchang Li ...
Punk at N.Y. Bagel Cafe
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Robata Restaurant Clerk
Wei-Ning Wu ...
The Concubine
Hui-Ling Chang ...
Huiling
Kuei-Ying Hsu ...
N.J.'s Secretary
Allen Lu ...
Mrs. Jiang's Boyfriend
Shih-Ping Yang ...
Grandma's Doctor
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Grandma's Doctor (as Ziyan Ye)
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The Doctor's Wife (as Jinhua Yang)
Wan-Yun Lee ...
Xiao-Yan's Assistant
Hsiao-Wei Lin ...
Xiao-Yan's Assistant
Yiting Wu ...
The Baby
Wen-Chuan Wu ...
Dada's Wife
Cheng-Kai Wang ...
Security Guard
Nien-Chu Hsieh ...
Policeman
Shi-Chi Chen ...
Yang-Yang's Classmate
Kuang-Ting Hsiang ...
Yang-Yang's Classmate
Yen-Chun Lin ...
Yang-Yang's Classmate
Hsin-yi Wen ...
Girl of Family Friends
An-yi Wen ...
Girl of Family Friends
Tzu-Ai Tsai ...
Girl of Family Friends
Yao-Wen Liu ...
Girl of Family Friends
Wei-Chun Wu ...
Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School
Szu-Chia Huang ...
Big Girl at Yang-Yang's School (as Sijia Huang)
Ming-Min Yeh ...
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
Cheng-Wan Pieh ...
Policewoman
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Policewoman (as Qi Yang)
Shih-hue Tu ...
Policewoman
Yu-Lung Yin ...
Cultist
Lien-Lien Hsiao ...
Min-Min's Co-worker
Xianghua Ye ...
Min-Min's Co-worker
Sharon Mao ...
Min-Min's Co-worker (as Xunrong Mao)
Liang-Hsin Hsieh ...
Min-Min's Co-worker
Mitsu Sudo ...
Old Lady at Atami Beach
Kiyotaka Ueno ...
Hotel Clerk in Atami
Norihiko Hashimoto ...
Hotel Clerk in Atami
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Hotel Okura Guest
Azusa Naito ...
Hotel Okura Guest
Hui-Hui Chiang ...
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
Song-en Hu ...
Music Store Manager
Shou-yao Liu ...
Religious Cult Leader
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Kai-Li Peng ...
Cellist in cello concert scene (uncredited)
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Pianist in cello concert scene (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Yang

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Edward Yang ... (written by)

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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

Music by

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Kai-Li Peng

Cinematography by

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Wei-Han Yang

Film Editing by

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Po-Wen Chen

Production Design by

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Peng

Art Direction by

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Cheng-Kai Wang

Makeup Department

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Hua Kao ... special makeup effects artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yu-Huei Wang ... assistant director (as Yu-Hui Wang)
Shih-Ping Yang ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Duu-Chih Tu ... sound (as Du-Chih Du)

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Lung-Yu Li ... gaffer

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Tony Rayns ... subtitles: English
Norman Wang ... publicist

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries. NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife suffers a spiritual crisis when she finds her life a blank, his business partners make bad decisions against his advice, and he reconnects with his first love 30 years after he dumped her. His teenage daughter Ting-Ting watches emotions roil in their neighbors' flat and is experiencing the first stirrings of love. His 8-year-old son Yang-Yang is laconic like his dad and pursues truth with the help of a camera. "Why is the world so different from what we think it is?" asks Ting-Ting. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Yan Yan - Natsu no omoide (Japan)
  • Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (World-wide, English title)
  • Yi Yi (United States)
  • A One and a Two (Yi Yi) (United Kingdom)
  • Eine Eins und eine Zwei (Germany)
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  • 173 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Although Yi Yi (2000) is often regarded as one of the greatest Taiwanese films ever made, it is never officially released to the public in Taiwan (2015). See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Sweetly Breathing 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... I'll find out where you've gone. If I do, can I tell everyone, and bring them to visit you? Grandma, I miss you. Especially when I see my newborn cousin who still doesn't have a name. He reminds me that you always said you felt old. I want to tell him that I feel I am old, too.
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