Presented by The Chicago Film Society
Maybe no film can encompass all of human experience, but it's remarkable just how much of it is in YI YI: a birth, a funeral, a wedding, a first date, near-death episodes, breakups, reconciliations, corporate intrigue, generational ennui, and the inscrutable actions of the most precocious young photographer in Taiwan. Detailing a stream of quotidian ordeals large and small in an extended family living in Taipei, Edward Yang's epic saga alternates between the lives of its ensemble as they come together and pull apart between major life events. Yi Yi would be Yang's last film but through it he achieved the success that so often eluded his characters and gifted us one of the greatest films this young century has yet seen.
35mm from Yale Film Archive | In Mandarin with English subtitles