It wasn't fair. For more than 10 years, Taiwanese director Edward Yang made movies that were runaway hits in Asia and at festivals around the world, but the films weren't released commercially in the United States. With Yi Yi, that's all changed, and the only question now is, "What took so long?"

Nearly everything about Yi Yi is odd and wonderful. The movie revolves around a middle-class family in Taipei struggling with everyday life. The main character is an uptight businessman named NJ whose company faces bankruptcy. His wife is a delicate woman who breaks down when her mother suffers a stroke. The family's youngest member, a precocious 10-year-old boy, is preoccupied with photographing the backs of people's heads. And the boy's sister is a student musician who falls for the wrong guy.

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