Yi Yi - A One and a Two

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German title Yi Yi - A One and a Two
Original title Yi yi
Country of production Taiwan , Japan
original language Mandarin , Taiwanese ,
Publishing year 2000
length 173 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Edward Yang
script Edward Yang
music Peng Kai-li
camera Yang Wei-han
cut Chen Bo-wen

Yi Yi - A One and a Two ( Chin.一一, Yi yi ), also known by the reference title One and Two , is a 2000 Taiwanese film directed by Edward Yang , who also wrote the screenplay.


Yi Yi is a nearly three-hour film about the life of the middle class Jian family in Taipei ( Taiwan ). It begins with a wedding reception and ends with a funeral . In between, family life is presented from three different perspectives: that of the father NJ ( Wu Nien-jen ), that of the youngest son Yang-Yang ( Jonathan Chang ), and that of the daughter Ting-Ting ( Kelly Lee ). The father is dissatisfied with his job and the desire of his business partners to sign a contract with a well-known Japanese video game company. His youngest son is an outsider at school and his daughter is struggling with a love triangle. In addition, all three have to take care of NJ's mother-in-law, who is in a coma , as NJ's wife withdrew from the family due to a midlife crisis .


“Sensitively developed family and time portrait that confronts everyday catastrophes with great serenity and observes its numerous actors from a pleasant distance in their attempts to cope with the fortunes and misfortunes of their existence. Both formally and in terms of content brilliantly developed and masterfully staged. "

- Film service : June 5, 2001

"Yi Yi is a film painting that appears to be staged with a light hand. It creates a complex microcosm of life with profound humor and thus opens people's eyes to what they cannot see themselves."

- Dirk Jaspers Film Lexicon

In 2016, Yi Yi was ranked eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 most important films of the 21st century .


The film was awarded the prize for best director at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2000 and was nominated for the Palme d' Or. He received the main prize at the International Film Festival in Friborg , the Netpac Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Panorama Jury Prize at the 2000 Sarajevo Film Festival .

At the presentation of the European Film Awards 2000, the film was nominated in the category Best Non-European Film , but could not prevail against Wong Kar-Wais In the Mood for Love . For the 2001 César , Yi Yi - A One and a Two was nominated for Best Foreign Film , but again had to admit defeat to In the Mood for Love . That same year, the award of followed Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma as Best Foreign Film .

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