With the runaway international acclaim of this film, Taiwanese director Edward Yang could no longer be called Asian cinema’s best-kept secret. Yi Yi swiftly follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Whether chronicling middle-aged father NJ’s tenuous flirtations with an old flame or precocious young son Yang-Yang’s attempts at capturing reality with his beloved camera, Yang imbues every gorgeous frame with a deft, humane clarity. Warm, sprawling, and dazzling, this intimate epic is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century. —The Criterion Collection
Though largely unknown in the West, Edward Yang emerged, over the course of two decades, as one of international cinema’s most distinctive voices and, along with Hou Hsiao Hsien, one of Taiwan’s finest filmmakers. Born in Shanghai in 1947, Yang fled with his family to Taiwan during the tumult of the Chinese Civil War. At a young age, he found creative inspiration in Japanese comic books and soon began writing his own works. In 1974, having received an advanced degree in Computer Science at Florida State University, he went on to study film at the University of Southern California. He quickly grew disillusioned with the program’s commercial emphasis, however, and withdrew after only one semester. He remained in America, working as a computer expert for several years. During this time, he kindled his passion for cinema by writing a script and aiding the production of the Hong Kong television movie Winter of 1905 (1981). Upon his return to Taiwan, he directed a number of television shows… read more
The film has small aesthetic appeal; and the cynicism is vulgar and ineffective. It has no more depth than a conventional melodrama on television.
One of the most devastating movies I've ever seen. It's like entering on a bubble that does not give us more than the anxieties of living in the various stages of life. Since the modern life denouement to the questioning of values and traditions. However Yi Yi is a film that must be seen at the right time or may loses all of its meaning.
This is one of the most harrowing depictions of the discontents of modern life I've seen in cinema. Yang's mise en scene is very placid to engender the naturalistic style, but it also exhibits some poetic cinematography, particularly with the characters being seen through reflexions on windows and mirrors. Contemplative cinema at its best. Ozu fans take note.
Yang's masterpiece Yi Yi uses it's three hours better than most other films, showing us the essence of life. Birth, first love and a wedding are all part of the beauty of life, but there is also a suicide attempt, a murder and a natural death. This is one of those films that I will come back to again and again. Next up, Taipei Story, A Brighter Summer Day and The Terrorizers. Can't wait ! Highly recommended.
Yang’s creative ethos is summed up by two of his lesser known films: A Confucian Confusion and Mahjong .
This complete retrospective features the US theatrical premiere of the restored A Brighter Summer Day.
(Originally posted at www.tkatthemovies.com)
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