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Yi Yi: A One and a Two (2000)

aka Yi Yi: A One and a Two

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Details: 173 mins · English, Japanese, Chinese, Standard Mandarin, Hokkien, Taiwanese


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No_movie_poster N.J.
No_movie_poster Min-Min
Small Ota
No_movie_poster Ting-Ting
No_movie_poster Yang-Yang
No_movie_poster Ah-Di
No_movie_poster Sherry
No_movie_poster Hsiao Yen
No_movie_poster Li-Li
No_movie_poster Fatty
No_movie_poster NJ's Mother
No_movie_poster Yun-Yun
No_movie_poster The Soldier (as Yulun Ke)
No_movie_poster Cellist in cello concert scene
No_movie_poster Blue Shirt
No_movie_poster Pianist in cello concert scene


No_movie_poster Edward Yang Director
No_movie_poster Edward Yang Writer


Yi Yi is an epic story about the Taipei Jian family seen through three different perspectives: the middle-aged father NJ (Nien-Jen Wu), the young son Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang), and the teenage daughter, Ting-Ting (Kelly Lee). The three-hour piece starts with a wedding, concludes with a funeral, and contemplates areas of human life in between. The father, NJ, is unsatisfied with his work and the desire of his business partners to enter into a deal with a well-known Japanese videogame company. While his partners are only concerned about making money, NJ finds that his honest nature is unappreciated in the commercial realm. To his surprise, he finds a connection with the Japanese software mogul, Ota. A former old flame, Sherry, tries to walk into his life after a chance reunion. His youngest son has troubles at school with his teachers, while his daughter has to handle a love triangle involving her friend next door and her troubled boyfriend. All three try to deal with their problems while also caring for NJ's aged mother-in-law, who is in a coma, and in the absence of NJ's wife, who has left for a Buddhist retreat after facing a midlife crisis. In addition, A-Di, NJ's overweight brother-in-law who marries a starlet at the start of the film, has to wrestle with his demanding wife and a former love, complicating matters within this extended family.

The other Taiwanese cast members include Elaine Jin as NJ's wife, Min-Min, Su-Yun Ko as NJ's former love Sherry, Hsi-Sheng Chen as A-Di, and Pang Chang Yu as Fatty. The film also stars Japanese comedian Issei Ogata as a Japanese software mogul, Ota.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2000-10-06 : United States of America

DVD : 2001-05-08