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A One and a Two (Yi Yi) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee, Jonathan Chang
  • Directors: Edward Yang
  • Writers: Edward Yang
  • Producers: Michiyo Satô, Naoko Tsukeda, Osamu Kunota, Shin'ya Kawai, Wei-yen Yu
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ica
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000667MS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,803 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Exclusive to this edition a full-length commentary track featuring director/writer Edward Yang in conversation with Tony Rayns
Cast and Crew Biographies
Moving Motion Menues
Scene Selection
Stills Gallery
Origional Theatrical Poster
Other ICA release information
Mandarin & English with English subtitles

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A subtitled three-hour saga of an ordinary middle-class urban family in modern-day Taiwan, at first glance, A One and a Two might not seem the most appealing of prospects. But don't be misled: this is a film that draws you in with all the warmth and density of a good novel, and once you are past the surface unfamiliarity of Taipei society, there's nothing in this tale of a troubled family that would seem alien anywhere in the world.

Romantic stories often end with a wedding. Realistic stories are as likely to begin with one. Writer-director Edward Yang's film starts in a mass of floaty white dresses and heart-shaped pink balloons, but the smiles seem a little too effusive, the jollity feels forced. And sure enough, disaster is lurking. The seeming simplicity of Yang's narrative style conceals a subtle, intricate design. His camera moves obliquely, often holding its distance from the action, letting us take in all the elements of a scene and draw our own conclusions. Wider social implications--about modern society, about international business ethics--are hinted at, but never rammed home. By the end we realise we've been watching a microcosm of human life, with all its humour and tragedy. For all the apparent narrowness of its canvas, A One and a Two makes most British and American films feel hopelessly parochial. The Best Director Prize at Cannes was rarely more richly deserved.

On the DVD: A One and a Two comes to disc with a generous helping of extras. The original theatrical trailer, wordless and intriguing; numerous cast and crew biographies; a brief stills gallery; and, best of all, a full three-hour commentary track of Edward Yang in conversation with Tony Rayns, UK expert on Chinese-language cinema. Their discussion is relaxed and illuminating. The print, and the SR Dolby Digital sound, are clean and crisp, and we get the full 1.85:1 ratio of the original release. --Philip Kemp

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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
At present this 2000 Mandarin movie (with English subtitles) is only available on BLU RAY in the States. But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Until such time as someone else gives “Yi Yi” a REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you buy the pricey Criterion issue…
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