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Yi Yi (2000)

Yi yi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2000 (Japan)
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)
Ru-Yun Tang ...
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)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,456 (USA) (8 October 2000)

Gross:

$1,136,776 (USA)
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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

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......
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Summer Time
Music by George Gershwin
Performed by Kelly Lee
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Kaleidoscope
13 April 2005 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

The action takes place in Taipei like it could take place in any other modern town of this world because the dramas that occur in our urban bourgeois society are the same everywhere. In fact we see here a very westernized society in terms of values and living standards both material and moral. The movie develops itself in a succession of apparently incoherent sequences which nevertheless are bound by a conducting wire that has much to do with life in itself concerning a chain of different generations, from the dying grandmother to the small boy who is not the less important character here. This succession reminds us of Godard's movies though this one and the sequences themselves are full of meaning. Even the silences they contain are very eloquent sometimes. The scenery is usually very neat, clear and quiet in terms of furniture, urban views and people and camera movements which doesn't make the story less dramatic at all. Particularly interesting and very well shown is the counterpoint between the love meetings of teenagers and the meeting of the fourtyish couple of the former lovers who meet for the first time again 30 years after their courtship had been broken in dramatic circumstances. Problems concerning the meaning of life and the real nature of love are shown mainly through the very incisive dialogues making us thinking once more that love is a much more complicated thing than romanticism depicts. It has features and ups and downs that remain unexplained sometimes. This movie is one of the most significant ones I have seen in which concerns human nature and its conflict with the values of modern bourgeois society on the one hand and also universal values of all times on the other. We watch here problems of children and teenagers but also of adults either marital, professional or spiritual. And all this told in a smooth and quiet way portraying normal people leading normal lives. This movie presents itself indeed like a kaleidoscope of real nowadays life.


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