Yi Yi
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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)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This intimate family portrait peels away layer after layer of unspoken truth and hidden life."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Blending the Coen Brothers' karmic rubicon with Robert Altman's ensemble heart, "Yi Yi" scratches the identifiable itch to reach out for what we've loved, set free and had come back, perhaps still not meant to be: jobs, lovers, freedoms, opportunities."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Every beat and every image and every cut and every note feels like a part of a whole. It is a total movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the best films of the year, Edward Yang's Yi Yi combines a diagnosis of modern times with seemingly old-fashioned 'literary' storytelling - scene by scene it's slow, character-focused and dense with realistic detail, while the sprawling, coincidenc"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The artistry is undeniable -- tough insights blended with graceful compassion, gloomy certainties flecked with rays of hope."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Keenly observed."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"One of the best films of the decade, Yi Yi, Edward Yang's most accessible (and very last) film is a fluent, charming and precise family portrait that celebrates ordinary life with all its joys and chaos."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The final moments left me thunderstruck, as deeply moved as I've ever been by a film. Yi Yi accumulates moments of truth and insight until it glows with importance."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"This one is a masterpiece, despite being as inexplicable as a great work of music sometimes is."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A marvel of delicacy and humor."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A five-course meal of a movie, with drinks, for mature moviegoers for whom most films have come to resemble brainless carnival rides, not works of art."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz
"A heartfelt and involving family drama to which even the most subtitle-wary moviegoer could relate."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"'With numerous plotlines that move from middle-aged longing and teen romance to cutthroat business, Yang has created a deeply moving examination of a home in turmoil.'"
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Yi Yi is a rare work of beauty, a thoughtful, touching, compelling study of humanity that demands to be seen."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
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