Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) are Portuguese Jesuit priests who set out on a dangerous mission to Japan in a bid to find their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who has been missing for sometime. It's the seventeenth century, and despite what the Bible might say about the importance of spreading the Christian word of God throughout the world, there are just some places on this Earth that brutally forbid it. Needless to say, Ferreira has been ousted from the church to which he belongs after publicly denouncing his faith to save his own life. Rodgrigues and Garrpe are about to discover just how violent the world can be towards everything that they've ever worked for when they arrive in Japan. Surely there is no test of faith that can match the journey that lies ahead for them.
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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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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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