Yi Yi: Both a One and a Two
This was the official website for the film, Yi Yi. It originally offered visitors a massive amount of information on the film, as well as pages on each of the characters and their place in the narrative, reviews, a Yang interview, filmography, a picture gallery and a lot more. The film was released in the US in 2001. It was the first runner up for the best foreign- language picture at the 2001 Oscars.
I happened to see the film one evening after a busy day visiting my vape store customers in California. I work for a company selling : wholesale vapor products online. The vape marketplace back then was a whole lot different than it is today. With the legalization of marijuana and the burgeoning medical marijuana market, along with the vaporizer market for e-liquids, vaping had become mainstream. Products were being advertised on tv. The market was exploding. But just as suddenly, as the negative health stories exploded in the press, the bottom fell out and the orders died. I was caught up in that. Early on we thought we could manage it. When Google's search results for our company started showing health warnings we countered with positive spin, more ads, more posts and tweets. We spoke with a bunch of reputation management firms and heard estimates for removing those bad search results from Google's first page. As the health notices grew, the firms dropped out, apparently the job was getting too unwieldy with a high likelihood of failure. They sent us to this one shop that they often hired to remove search results for their clients that exclusively handled search removals. The industry considered this option, but it was costly and the public tide was turning. It's still painful, the memory of this industry collapsing always brings me down but going to a movie in the evening always perked me up. YiYi was just the ticket.
Yi Yi brought Edward Yang the Best Director award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Subsequently the film was celebrated equally by mainstream critics and the more stringent highbrow critics. The National Society of Film Critics awarded it Best Picture, while the Village Voice poll of 54 critics placed Yi Yi in second place among the films of 2000. Despite high acclaim for Yang’s previous seven pictures, Yi Yi is shockingly the first of Yang’s films to get a commercial run in the United States.
Once the usefulness for this site was over, its domain registration was allowed to expire. YiYitheMovie.com disappeared from the Web. Recently I discovered that the domain was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating as much of its original content as possible from archived pages. Unfortunately there was little content and just a few images. This is a shame since the original website had loads of in depth and fascinating content. One reason for purchasing the domain was to prevent anyone else from re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with the original YiYitheMovie.com website. But a more important reason, is to preserve this site so that visitors become more informed about this very important and brilliant Taiwanese filmmaker who is not well known in the US and about his epic movie about Yi Yi. Yang’s ability to show us the world afresh by virtue of his masterful framing and his ability of setting a stage, with regard to placement of actors, scenery, properties, otherwise referred to as mise en scène, cements his position as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE CONTAINS SELECTIVE ARCHIVED CONTENT FROM THE ORIGINAL SITE, as well as additional information from outside sources.
Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent
Now let's take a nostalgic stroll back to 2001 when Edward Yang's Yi Yi was introduced to the US.
Your films of the 1990s tended to focus on the experiences and feelings of kids and young adults, but here you’ve balanced the film right across the age-range, between kids and middle-aged adults. Is there any particular reason you decided to center the film on the members of one family?
I think what I’m getting at in this film is the fact that it makes no real difference whether you’re young or old: everyone copes with life as it comes, no matter what their age. The process doesn’t change. Everyone asks themselves if what they have is all there is, and wonders if they could have a second chance.
The characters in this film arose from things I think about a lot. If we look for ways to reassess our own lives, then the concept of innovation becomes central: what haven’t we done? NJ’s position is kind of ironic. He works in the field of hi-tech, he’s supposed to be on the cutting edge and very alert to innovations, and yet he’s not very courageous when it comes to personal change. That’s why it was important that the person who inspires him to think seriously about changing his life should be an outsider, someone from outside his everyday experience. That person is Ota, the Japanese games designer, and he’s like a muse to NJ – or an angel.
Yi Yi is a brilliant blend of bathos and pathos, of comedy and melancholy, that resonates the agony of everyday life, while offering up some answers and a glimmer of hope for the future.
BEST FOREIGN FILM OF THE YEAR!
- New York Film Critics Circle
BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!
- A. O. Scott, New York Times
- Susan Sontag, ArtForum
Los Angeles, CA |15-Dec | Laemle Royal
Philadelphia, PA | 15-Dec. | Ritz on the Bourse 5 Theater
Laguna Nignel, | CA15-Dec| Edwards Rancho Niguel
Red Bank, NJ | 15-Dec |Clearview Cinema
Denver, CO | 15-Dec | Landmark's Chez Artiste
Baltimore, MD | 22-Dec | Charles Theater
Tampa, Fl | 22-Dec | Main Street Cinema
Chapel Hill, NC | 22-Dec | Varsity Theater
Boston, MA | 25-Dec | Brattle Theater
Tuscon, AZ | 29-Dec | The Loft
Santa Fe, NM | 5-Jan & 12-Jan, 2001 | College of Santa Fe
Mesilla, NY | 12-Jan, 2001 | Fountain Theater;
Detroit, MI | 12-Jan, 2001 | Detroit Art Institute
Santa Barbara, CA | 15-Jan, 2001 | UC Santa Barbara
San Francisco, CA | 19-Jan, 2001 | Landmark Lumiere
San Jose, CA | 19-Jan, 2001 | Camera Cinema
San Rafael, CA | 19-Jan, 2001 | Rafael Film Center
Seattle, WA | 19-Jan, 2001 | Landmark Varsity
Berkeley, CA | 19-Jan, 2001 | UC Berkeley
Gainsvelle, FL | 2-Feb, 2001 | Hippodrome
Olympia, WA | 2-Feb, 2001 | Olympia Film Society
Aspen, CO | 8-Feb, 2001 | Wheeler Opera House
Honolulu, HI | 8-Feb, 2001 | Honolulu Acadimy of Art
Baltimore, MD | 9-Feb, 2001 | Charles Theater
Cleveland, OH | 9-Feb, 2001 | Cleveland Cinematheque
Portland, OR | 9-Feb, 2001 | Portland International Film Festival
Albuquerque NM | 16-Feb, 2001 | The Guild Theater
Cleveland, OH | 16-Feb, 2001 | Cleveland Cinematheque
Missoula, MT | 23-Feb, 2001 Crystal, Theater
St. Johnsbury, VT | 23-Feb, 2001 | Catamount
Boulder, CO | 1-Mar, 2001 Rocky Mountain
Greeley, CO | 1-Mar, 2001 | University of Northern Colorado
Washington, DC | 1-Mar, 2001 | Smithsonian
Chicago, IL | 1-Mar, 2001 | Music Box
Milwaukee, WI | 6-Mar, 2001 | Union Theater
Portland, OR | 6-Mar, 2001 | Cinema 21
Sutton Bay | 22-Mar, 2001 | Bay Theater