Yi Yi

Winner of the Best Picture award from the National Society of Film Critics, Edward Yang's Yi Yi is “the work of a master in full command of the resources of his art” (A. O. Scott, New York Times). The film is bookended by a wedding and a wake, and fittingly seems to hold all of life's laughter, joys, and heartbreaks in its frames as it follows a year in the life of one multigenerational middle-class family in Taipei. Told as a series of snapshots of everyday events, Yi Yi offers an embarrassment of cinematic and emotional riches. Of special note, though, is the soulful Wu Nianzhen (himself a director and writer, and one of the founders with Yang of the New Taiwan Cinema) as the father who juggles business problems, family breakdowns, and the appearance of an old flame; and Jonathan Chang as his precocious eight-year-old son, whose attempts to make sense of it all through art are as original as they are unforgettable.

The Terrorizer (March 14) and Yi Yi are presented in tribute to Edward Yang (1947–2007).

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