A One and a Two...

2000, Drama, 2h 53m

86 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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In its depiction of one family, Yi Yi accurately and expertly captures the themes and details, as well as the beauty, of everyday life. Read critic reviews

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Set in Taiwan, the film follows the lives of the Jian family from the alternating perspectives of the three main family members: father N.J. (Nien-Jen Wu), teenage daughter Ting-Ting (Kelly Lee) and young son Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang). N.J., disgruntled with his current job, attempts to court the favor of a prominent video game company while Ting-Ting and Yang-Yang contend with the various trials of youth, all while caring for N.J.'s mother-in-law, who lies in a coma.

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Critic Reviews for A One and a Two...

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (3)

  • I felt like I had lived it, and not just because of its nearly three-hour runtime.

    May 1, 2017
  • Yang takes the long view, transforming the ingredients of family melodrama into a serene, generous, comic vision of our tangled urban lives.

    March 31, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Life-affirming in the most genuine, respectful and least mechanical sense.

    May 21, 2001
  • The artistry is undeniable -- tough insights blended with graceful compassion, gloomy certainties flecked with rays of hope.

    May 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • For three hours, the film observes its sprawling family with a quiet tenderness.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This finely observed three-hour film follows three generations of a modern Taipei family through a year that's marked by loss and by the realization of life's shortcomings...

    September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A One and a Two...

  • Jan 17, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2011
    Tremendous collage of wonderful personifications of urban modernity. Yang keeps escalating social stratums and reaches the peak of a cinematic god, reading every thought, predicting every sequence, understanding every line and what it implicates in the mind of the person, joining the events into meaningful fragments of a whole cycle of life. *Applause.* 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    One of the few films that I can think of other than Robert Bresson's "Au Hasard Balthazar" or Vittorio De Sica's neo-realist masterpiece "The Bicycle Thief" that truly encapsulates the human experience. Isn't that the over all goal of cinema, anyways?
    Alex H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    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 X Super Reviewer

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