Yi Yi

Yi Yi

Director: Edward Yang Cast: Wu Nien-Chen, Kelly Lee, Elaine Jin

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Overview

Master Taiwanese director Edward Yang spins this intricate and complex yarn about life's everyday crises. The film focuses on N.J. Jian (Wu Nien-Jen, a noted writer/director in his own right); his wife, Min-Min (Elaine Jin); and their two children, teenager Ting-Ting (Kelly Lee) and young Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang). Their middle-class existence seems stable and secure until a series of incidents throws all of their lives out of kilter. The misfortunes start at the wedding of Min-Min's ne'er-do-well brother, Ah-Di (Chen Xisheng), when his jilted ex-girlfriend Yun-Yun (Tseng Hsin-yi) bursts into the proceedings and lambastes the bride. Upset by the ruckus and feeling unwell, Min-Min's mother goes home early only to suffer a stroke and slip into a coma. After the wedding, N.J. runs into his first love, Sherry (Ke Suyun), who is married to a rich American. This chance encounter shakes N.J. to his very foundations, forcing him to reevaluate his life. At the same time, N.J.'s computer company deliberates on whether or not to collaborate with a renowned Japanese games designer, Ota (Issey Ogata), sending N.J. to Japan to negotiate a contract. Confronted by her mother's coma, Min-Min also takes stock of her life and finds it lacking. On the brink of a nervous breakdown, she suddenly joins a religious retreat. In Japan, N.J. warms to his potential business partner Ota, spending long evenings discussing life and love in hip Tokyo jazz clubs. There, N.J. also meets up with Sherry; they relive old memories and flirt with infidelity. At the same, Ting-Ting, who quietly blames herself for her grandmother's coma, learns her first hard lessons about love, while Yang-Yang causes trouble at school and wrestles with the truths of the adult world. This film won the Golden Palm for Best Direction at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and was an official selection for the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
UPC: 0715515069410
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:53:00
Sales rank: 538

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring writer-director Edward Yang and Asian-cinema critic Tony Rayns ; Video interview with Rayns about Yang and the new Taiwan cinema movement; U.S. theatrical trailer; Original English subtitle translation by Yang and Rayns

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wu Nien-Chen N.J.
Kelly Lee Ting-Ting
Elaine Jin Min-Min
Chen Xisheng Ah-Di
Jonathan Chang Yang-Yang
Tang Ru-yun Min-Min's Mother
Hsu Shu Yuan Actor
Issey Ogata Ota
Nianzhen Wu Actor

Technical Credits
Edward Yang Director,Screenwriter
Chen Bowen Cinematographer,Editor
Du Duzhi Sound/Sound Designer
Shinya Kawai Producer
Longyu Li Cinematographer
Kaili Peng Score Composer,Production Designer
Naoko Tsukeda Producer
Yang Wei-Han Cinematographer
Yu Weiyen Art Director
Wang Yuhui Asst. Director

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