The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Yi Yi

Debuting at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, Edward Yang’s family drama Yi Yi is widely regarded by critics as one of the most significant films of the decade.

Set in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, the movie explores the relationships of the middle-class Jian family. Focusing on engineer NJ, his wife Min-Min, and their children, the story begins with Min-Min’s mother undergoing a stroke and collapsing into a coma. Unconscious and on life support, the family is advised to talk to her every day. Using this tragic event as a narrative springboard, the story delves into the Jians’ interactions with extended family and friends.

A favorite of film festivals from Vancouver to Hong Kong, Yi Yi garnered Yang the prestigious Best Director Award at Cannes as well as the Best Foreign Film award at the 2000 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.


“Yang takes the long view, transforming the ingredients of family melodrama into a serene, generous, comic vision of our tangled urban lives.”  — David Ansen, Newsweek

“Rather than the typical inciting incident of a film’s typical narrative structure, Yang’s screenplay builds its story organically, painting a portrait of flawed, tender humans.” — Christopher Machell, CineVue

“A humanistic masterwork.” — Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine