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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TON
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 21 July 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The precocious star of this piece rivals 'Little Man Tate' in his appeal and innocent genius. It's difficult not to feel an wave of hope for all of humanity.
The young child, and indeed all of the characters are sympathetic people, all battling with difficulties in life, raising complex moral and philosophical issues. Lost and confused, in each a problem is pronounced, and even as the 'omniscient' viewer you come quickly to realise that the dilemmas have no answer in any term defined by right or wrong.
Superb moments of cinematography and well acted, the culture alone would stand as the subject for a film. Yi Yi (A one and a two) earns a comfortable five stars and the number one spot in my 'Greatest film list'
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. H. on 6 Nov. 2003
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Sometimes you will laugh, sometimes you will cry but it is highly unlikely that Yi Yi leaves you indifferent. The psychology of each character is described with subtle finesse and one empathises immediately with their feelings, ordeals, pettiness and motivations. You get so caught up in the story of this family that you wish the film would never end. It's a long time since I have been moved like this by a film. The photography and the music add to the perfection of this Taiwanese masterpiece.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "allthetwinedflowers" on 8 Feb. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A film well worth watching but requiring a lot of patience. One feels a great sense of poetry in the film-making here, although not always perfectly rendered. The music seems irritatingly trite at times and one of the plot-lines jars a little. The frequent use of long-shots and perspectives using glass windows underlines the themes of emotional distance and repression very effectively. One can read many things at many levels at these moments. But Yang does not always succeed in keeing a constant stylistic temperature. For instance, the scene where the little boy encounters the beautiful girl in the cinema. Onscreen lightning flashes. All very well done and very effective - but not quite as subtle as the majority of the film and so ultimately a scene out of place. Suddenly I felt I was watching a different movie - one made in the West. Such glitches aside, this remains an extremely insightful film into modern middle-class Taiwan with excellent performances from the entire cast. However there is a reluctance to probe too deeply into the minds and emotions of the characters. One could argue that such is oriental culture and the grammar of the film certainly supports this argument. A bitter irony in that one is often detached from these characters, as they are from each other and themselves, as the whole thrust of the film makes clear - and yet one feels a little dissatisfied in that the film so brilliantly achieves its aims ! Despite this I found it genuinely touching at the end. Let us hope that Yang remains in Taiwan (unlike Ang Lee)and provides us with more thought-provoking films instead of joining the Hollywood sausage machine.
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