Yi Yi (2000)



Critic Consensus: In its depiction of one family, Yi Yi accurately and expertly captures the themes and details, as well as the beauty, of everyday life.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Yang
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2001
Winstar Cinema



as NJ Jian

as Yang-Yang

as Min-Min

as Sherry

as Ting-Ting

as Mr. Ota

as Xiao Yan

as Lili's Mother

as Yun-Yun

as Xiao Yan

as Min-Min's Mother

as Wu Jie

as Shu Ge

as Liren

as NJ's Neighbor

as Xiao Yan's Uncle

as Young Soldier

as Lili's English Tutor

as Policeman

as Young Banker

as Boss Huang

as Piano Bar Pianist

as A-Di's Friend

as A-Di's Friend

as A-Di's Friend

as A-Di's Friend

as A-Di's Friend

as A-Di's Friend

as A-Di's Friend

as Punk at NY Bagel Caf...

as Punk at NY Bagel Caf...

as Punk at NY Bagel Caf...

as Robata Restaurant Wa...

as The `Concubine'

as NJ's Secretary

as Mrs. Jiang's Boyfrie...

as Grandma's Doctor

as Grandma's Doctor

as Doctor's Wife

as Xiao Yan's Assistant

as Xiao Yan's Assistant

as The Baby

as Da-Da's Wife

as Security Guard

as Policeman

as Yang-Yang's Classmat...

as Yang-Yang's Classmat...

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Critic Reviews for Yi Yi

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (25)

Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.

Full Review… | May 21, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The artistry is undeniable -- tough insights blended with graceful compassion, gloomy certainties flecked with rays of hope.

Full Review… | May 14, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A marvel of delicacy and humor.

May 8, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

This intimate family portrait peels away layer after layer of unspoken truth and hidden life.

Full Review… | April 26, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010

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.

Full Review… | December 29, 2009

Audience Reviews for Yi Yi

Much much duller than I had anticipated but strangely, thoroughly watchable. Everything hits you later, in your bed, hours after you finish the film. Its premise is extremely simple but it's a very portrait of a family, their neighbors, and their loves.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Why are we afraid of the first time? Every day in life is a first time. Every morning is new. We never live the same day twice. We're never afraid of getting up every morning. Why? I'm still puzzling over the authenticity of this line from Mr. Ota. I'm not altogether sure this movie supports his assertion. In other words, I'm thinking his statement may be ironic given the way this film goes. Aside from a kind of surprising murder that I'm also still puzzling over, this is a very gentle and fairly objective examination of the very partially understood nature of the lives we live. The difference between what we can do to direct our lives and the way that our lives become directed by forces outside ourselves and often beyond our control is examined in the lives of many characters in this film. Perhaps even more important is the idea that we cannot understand our lives fully, no matter how hard we may try to do so. The clock is ticking loudly here, and it is impossible to slow down our being swept up in the forward movement of time. For most of us, we do the best we can, with what little time we have, and with what little we know or understand of our lives, and we hope for the best.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Cute and inspiring without being cloying. It doesn't feel artificial and therefore can serve as an example to Hollywood on how to make a truly moving picture.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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