Awarded the prestigious Golden Palm at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, this intimate portrait centers around a middle-class family in Taipei as they live through personal everyday quandaries whilst pondering the harder questions in life.
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There is just this piercing sense that we are encountering the post-global family, the new organic regime, and that we are dealing w/ the key cinematic work of millennial transition. This is just superlative art, but it is born of humility, and the expression is understated. Formally, every move is precise. Yang is master of the frame, wizard of tempo. Yi Yi: a rapturous account of the human phenomenon in the field.
"And I wonder why I wake up at all..." Probably my favourite quote in any film, and a nice journey taken during this film - Uneven and too sentimental and melodramatic with it's acting, but there are some impressive moments throughout this film. Should have spent more time on Yang Yang; what an interesting little dude =)
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.
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.
Okay, I'm a heathen for this, but I don't see what all the fuss is over. I just never found myself that interested in or involved with the characters, except maybe Yang-Yang. Perhaps my expectations were just raised too high; I was expecting more from the man who made "The Terrorizers".
It's so sublime and beautiful, Edward Yang's film is composed almost like a piece of music. It's one of those transcendent experiences that one only experiences every now and again. This film is so deeply human and real, but wholly cinematic at the same time. It's such a shame Yang never lived to make another film, there should have been more masterpieces.
Finished watching this for the third time tonight. This movie is everything. It is as though Edward Yang took everything he had ever felt about life - everything he had learned from his experiences, and from those around him - and fashioned it into a deeply felt emotional ride. Life, death, heartbreak, joy - everything is here, and it is handled so delicately, with such care and compassion. Thank you Edward Yang.