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Yi Yi(一一)

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Taiwan, Japan · 2000
2h 54m
Director Edward Yang
Starring Wu Nien-Jen, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee
Genre Drama, Romance

This epic story follows one ordinary summer in the lives of a middle class family in Taipei. We get to know each member of the family and their individual struggles, from the lost loves of the adults to the simpler problems of the children.

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Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

This film is well worth the longer runtime. When I finished it, I wanted to start it from the beginning and watch it again. It's deeply moving and Edward Yang's minimalist shooting style puts the audience in a room with these characters, not just in a room watching a movie about them. Even in a foreign language, the writing is almost overwhelmingly sensitive to each character's emotions. This film addresses pain in a way that is true to life, but arrives at a reassuring subtle optimism about the human condition.

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More than a family saga, this is a family meditation.


Newsweek by David Ansen

One of the year's best: a rich, funny, enormously humane portrait of a middle-class Taipei family in the throes of romantic, economic and spiritual upheaval.


San Francisco Chronicle by Edward Guthmann

Wise, delicate and impeccably performed, Yi Yi is a three- hour drama that looks at one middle-class family in transition -- and does so with such a kind and probing eye that we all see our lives reflected through Yang's lens.

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