watch later

Not interested / seen

Yi Yi (2000)Yi Yi (2000)

Yi Yi (2000)

Life goes on, beautifully and tragically, in Edward Yang’s magnum opus

Drama, Family, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

movie

Japan, Taiwan
English, Japanese, Mandarin
Slice-of-Life
2000
Edward Yang
Adriene Lin, An-an Hsu, Chen Yiwen
174 min

Synopsis

rotten tomatoes
imdb
wikipedia
Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries. NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife suffers a spiritual crisis when she finds her life a blank and his business partners make bad decisions.

Our Take

9.0
The Staff

Edward Yang’s masterful and lush Yi Yi follows the lives of the Jian family and their respective, middle-class worries. The father agonizes over a business deal and, at the back of his mind, an old flame. The mother struggles with emptiness, the daughter with sensuality, and the son with his burgeoning artistry. In the periphery are other family members trying to get by as best they can despite having no certain future to look forward to. The story, which is bookended with life and death, is punctuated with these lingering anxieties but also, crucially, with moments of potent, profound joys. 

The premise seems simple, but Yang weaves a breathtaking epic out of the mundane. The mise-en-scene is immersive, the dialogue delicate, and the direction effectively real. The understated elegance of each piece coming together to build a rich whole is what makes YiYi Yang’s legacy to the world of cinema.

Comments

What did you think? Who should watch it?

Next up

Escape from Mogadishu (2021)

6.9

A thrilling if somewhat politically dodgy action film, based on a true story

Metropolitan (1990)

7.0

A little something for the Scott Fitzgerald (and Gossip Girl) fans

Bull Durham (1988)

7.5

An uncommonly character-driven sports drama with a trio of star performances

Rewind (2020)

best

8.0

A harrowing account of child abuse and a family's role in sustaining or preventing it

Till (2022)

7.5

The latest entry in a long line of social issue dramas, Till stands out for its nuanced blend of intimacy and universality

I Killed My Mother (2009)

7.0

An unflinchingly honest family drama from a young filmmaker, authentic down to its imperfections

The Souvenir Part II (2021)

best

8.1

An insightful look into the painstaking process of translating one's truth onto the cinema screen

The Kings of the World (2022)

best

8.4

A knife-sharp account of five kids' journey to land restitution and self-determination

The Red Turtle (2017)

best

8.5

An astonishing, dialogue-free animated fable featuring nature as its only protagonist

Mars One (2023)

best

8.2

A beautiful, nuanced, and down-to-earth family drama from Brazil
agmtw
eu

© 2023 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved.

We are home to the best film and TV on popular streaming services. Supported only by readers like you and by public grants.