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Yi Yi Review


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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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Yi Yi Review


Very Good

Within a few moments of its opening frame, "Yi Yi," an inexplicably engrossing Taiwanese circle-of-life saga about everyday life in middle-class Taipei, writer-director Edward Yang succeeds in making the viewer feel like a silent member of the quite ordinary family at the core of the film.

The first scenes take place at a wedding. Whose wedding, we don't know yet, but almost immediately the images of a family in celebration make you feel right at home. You chuckle at the little boy ring bearer when the little flower girls gang up on him in play. You smile appreciatively when his father leaves the reception to take the boy to McDonalds to cheer him up.

You also tense up and feel like stepping in when a distraught woman bursts into the party crying to the family matriarch, "It should have been me marrying your grandson!"

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It wasn't fair. For more than 10 years, Taiwanese director Edward Yang made movies...

Yi Yi Movie Review

Yi Yi Movie Review

Within a few moments of its opening frame, "Yi Yi," an inexplicably engrossing Taiwanese circle-of-life...

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