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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.

Director:

Edward Yang

Writer:

Edward Yang

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nien-Jen Wu ... N.J. (as Nianzhen Wu)
Elaine Jin ... Min-Min
Issei Ogata ... Mr. Ota
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 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

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,456, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,136,776
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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Connections

References Pokémon Red Version (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetly Breathing
Adaptation by Kai-Li Peng
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Tu Yin
Performed by Kai-Li Peng
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insightful masterpiece
28 April 2003 | by miffymentalSee all my reviews

This insightful, beautifully written and directed film contemplates on many things concerning the modern individual. The focus is a family in Taipei, the feelings, struggles, conflicts of family members at different life stages. The architecture is used as a part of the story, the surroundings the characters are in, always seem to tell us something about that particular situation. The effects of modernity and capitalism on the individual and traditional values are aptly analyzed and basic human emotions like love, loneliness, commitment and frustration are contemplated with a hard to match observation and tenderness. The little boy seems to verbalize the director's approach to film making: "We only understand half of everything because we can only see what's in front of us." and Yang's camera aptly shows us "the other side" of every situation. As a character says "with films, we experience many more lives than we actually can in one lifetime" and this film is a whole life experience in 3 hours.


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