It absorbed me whole—I felt like I had lived it, and not just because of its nearly three-hour runtime. “My uncle says we live three times as long since man invented movies,” one character says. “It means movies give us twice what we get from daily life.” Yi Yi contains the life cycle through its cast of characters—pregnancy, birth, childhood, a wedding, and a funeral—but it’s the way Yang lingers with each one of them that makes this movie feel so lived-in.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
April 27, 2017