Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A One And A Two: Yi Yi (2000)

Let me start by saying this is a three hour dramatic epic about a family in Taipei. We follow a number of family member through everyday life starting at a major family gathering, and ending at another.

Winner of "Best Foreign Language Film" at a number of film festivals, but not garnishing any major nominations. This film starts with a family at a wedding. The boy in the post is one of the two key characters in the film. His father is at a turning point in his life as he wonders about "the one that got away," if his son will follow in his footsteps, and if his company is headed in the right direction. The younger brother of the father is getting married, not to the one he loves, but to the one he knocked up. Working for the same company he is risky and careless in all matters of life, and the film revolves around a lot of mistakes he makes with money, women, and business.

It is a somewhat compelling story, I enjoyed the footage surrounding the son, who is quirky and mischievous. It is hard to say if it should have been edited down because it really was about the whole family and the issues they all had in their daily lives. Cutting any of it out would have made it incomplete. Problem is I don't know if this film was memorable enough to remember in a few years. It is a chore to get through, so I can't see suggesting it to anyone. I didn't see many faults, it just wasn't incredibly compelling. 


Vote: 6/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244316/

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