Masterful filmmaking. Edward Yang's lengthy chronicle of a Taiwanese family going through regular daily life is an excellently told film. Many characters make up the film's narrative and each brings something brilliant to the table, whether it be emotional trauma, funny retribution, or finding love, Yi Yi excellently captures a few months in the life of a family. Comparable to Ozu's Tokyo Story.
An understated, natural depiction of real life without melodrama or pretension. I just wish it didn't include so many love triangles. Although - and it follows - the female characters are fully developed (besides maybe Min-Min), their emotional breakdowns over men get tiring. Also the juxtaposition between NJ/Sherry and Ting-Ting/Fatty was a little heavy-handed. Side-note: Yang-Yang is the cutest.
Absolutely incredible. One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. The way Yang handles multiple stories and characters without it ever feeling exploitative will be something in need of studying for years to come. His static camera is reminiscent of Ozu and yet it moves even beyond the old master's craft, adapting to the new bustling world in all it's fractured symmetry.
Yang is an all-time great but Yi Yi is his autistic stepchild. Regressing back to Ozu’s penchant for family dynamics but overstuffed with stock characters, obtuse melodrama and even a maudlin score, it "does too much" at being “about life” via mainstream sensibilities to appease the “universal audience” that it seems utterly inconsequential to anyone barely alert of such conventional cinematic manipulations.
Yi Yi is a film about cinema itself and Edwards Yang suggests (via Yang-Yang) that the job of a photographer (or a filmmaker) is to provide us with perspectives we cannot find on our own. Yi Yi is all about balancing the pursuit of the material and the spiritual, and how difficult modern urban life makes that quest; but also how, once we gain perspective, we can be satisfied just in the trying.
An endearing slice-of-life that seared right through every 'age-crisis' that is bound to happen in everybody's lives, one way or another, and how to not find the 'answer', because there isn't even a question. Yi Yi is a work of reflection in both sense of the word, since there are so many mirrors and reflective surfaces incorporated into its gorgeous shots.
Shows us the perspective of life seen through three generations, "one by one". The cinematography was wonderful, the camera set up in interesting ways. It was beautiful and sincere, from a wedding to a death, you could see the characters grow & blossom right before you. There was a good mixture of negative and positive feelings and events, which made it so strong - it's a journey through other people's lives.
Filme de uma beleza intensa que expõe, sem artifícios, a vida, em toda a sua complexidade, de uma família de Taiwan, pontuada pela genialidade artística e ingenuidade de uma criança. "- Papai, eu não vejo o que você vê e você não vê o que eu vejo.Como posso saber o que você vê?" A serenidade e compaixão com que o tema é tratado fazem lembrar Yasujirô Ozu.
Başka bir filmdi ... Hayatlar sürekli tekrarlanıyormuş gibi..heleki kafede gençleri sinema hakkında konuşturduğu sahne ve de felçli anneye konu anlatamayan kadinin sorunlari ve de otoparktaki ufakligin sorduğu sorular...bu uç sahne ..döktürmüş yönetmen
An interesting note: Min-min, after her breakdown, is pondering her life, looking out the windows of her workplace. A red traffic signal far below blinks in time to the beat of her heart, the reflection of it in the glass superimposed directly on her heart.
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.