Yi Yi: A One and a Two
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The movie is rich with well developed characters and subplots that justify its three hour length. Yet in the course of all the seemingly tumultuous events that take place, little changes in the long term once the credits roll. But then, everything has changed; the movie begins with a wedding, tosses in a birth in the middle, and ends with a funeral. In between all these greater moments are the smaller though no less important things in life that almost every one of us can relate to at some level; love lost, regret, guilt, second chances, self-expression, happiness, sadness. The movies ambitions seem almost epic until you realize that there is nothing 'epic' about this family and its interactions. That is where the magic of this film really lies. Cultural differences don't matter here; you can always find a way to relate to Yang's characters through their common humanity. For many, we see emotional reservation, but Yang is able to expose even these characters through their confessions to their grandmother, who is comatose after a stroke. And then there is Yang Yang, the little boy of the family who is able to expose the nature of truth and exploration in a way only a little boy could.Read more ›
There's the father, who's part of a major computer games business, who might go bankrupt unless they strike a deal with a company. The father, NJ, is faced with trust and honesty when he meets the Japanese owner of Ota, a games company. His friends are also thinking about meeting up with Ato, the copycat of Ota. His wife, is going through a mid-life crisis type situation. Her mother just had a stroke and has a coma. The doctor says that Grandmother can only hear what they say, but it will help her feel better. So, the wife is thinking that her life is empty and retreats to a peaceful mountain for answers. Their children are going through major changes too. The oldest daughter, Ting Ting, is learning how to love when her friend, Lili, dumps her boyfriend. When Lili's ex-boyfriend starts dating Ting Ting, she has to learn the consequences of breaking up. Her little brother, Yang Yang, is 8 years old and always getting into trouble at school. A girl at school is the object of his affections, and he learns too, about his first love.
This film can definitely change the way you perceive life. It did that to me too. Some people take things for granted. Yi yi is meant to be a movie about simplicity, and I think that's what it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film is very important in context, and you'll notice every once in a while the affection Yang felt for Ozu, that shows in several aspects of the style. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cesar Diaz
This is region coded so I can't watch it. I'll probably just torrent the movie instead, which is probably much easier. So much for supporting the arts.Published 21 months ago by Simon
My wife tried watching this film on DVD without me and gave up on it. Do not watch this film while being distracted by whatever is going on in your living room! Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by jlkochi
I hate to be "that guy" and pick on a technical issue, but it is important for very good reason. Namely, this edition lacks Chinese subtitles. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Milesian
This film is so incredibly long that it needs more than one sitting. It's about powerful emotions slowly exploding from within each of these family members, in laws, old flame,... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by mr. contrarian
Not sure why 2 of same DVD of this title "Yi Yi" Blu-ray Criterion Collection (Amazon sent another one free when the 1st. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by S.L.
...and the Martians come to sort through the rubble and detritus of humanity, I hope they find this and only this.Published on August 26, 2011 by H2C
You have been warned, if you cannot concentrate on details, look elsewhere. However, if you have the patience (and time) to immerse yourself -- your be-ing -- into a unique... Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by being_and_time