Yi-Yi (A One and a Two) (2000)

2007 Update: In honor of the recently departed Edward Yang, let me nudge you toward picking up Criterion's glorious edition of the late filmmaker's masterful film Yi-Yi (A One and a Two). Here's a look back at my original response to the film from 2000. I was effusive in my praise then, and were I to rewrite this review, I'd be even more enthusiastic. … [Read more...]

Tonight, the World has Lost a Great Artist

For the last few years, I have been hoping and hoping for another film by Edward Yang, who directed what has become one of the greatest treasures in my film library: Yi-Yi (A One and a Two).But tonight, Edward Yang passed away.Cancer.The news breaks my heart. He was only 59. (Peter Chattaway alerted me to the news.) I did not know it, but he was sick for seven years.To watch Yang's work was to see the world through the eyes of a man who delighted in children, who sympathized … [Read more...]

Yi-Yi (A One and a Two) from Criterion

If you haven't seen Yi-Yi (A One and a Two), you're in for a treat.It's been out on DVD before, but not like this. The full Criterion treatment has arrived, and I encourage you to check it out as soon as you can. Beautifully filmed, poetic, funny, unpredictable, with a cast of characters as large and memorable as the cast of Magnolia, it is one of those films that seems to capture all of life within its 2 1/2-hour span. This is the only Edward Yang film I've seen, but I'm eager to see more. … [Read more...]