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YI YI in 35mm
Music Box Theatre
Chicago, IL
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YI YI in 35mm
Monday, November 26 @ 7:00 PM / Music Box Theatre
Directed by Edward Yang  2000
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Maybe no film can encompass all of human experience, but its 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 Yangs epic consanguineal saga alternates between the lives of its ensemble as they come together and pull apart between major life events: patriarch NJ, a hangdog salary man in the midst of a midlife crisis; daughter Ting-Ting, in the blush of first love; son Yang-Yang, an outsider at school; newly married uncle A-Di, incapable of managing life as a family man; mother Min-Min, coming to terms with the approaching death of her own mother. The closest Yang ever came to crossover arthouse success in the United States, Yi Yi found a broader audience and greater critical acclaim than any of the directors earlier pictures due in no small part to its tempering of the still-present bitterness that flavors all of Yangs films with a heaping of tender comedy. YI YI would be Yangs last film (he died of cancer in 2007), 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. The victim of limited print availability and fickle US distribution courtesy of arthouse villains best left unnamed, YI YI finally returns to Chicago for the first time since its premiere run at the Music Box Theatre for a special one-time-only screening in an archival 35mm print. (CW)
173 min  Atom Films  35mm from Yale Film Archive, permission Janus


Music Box Theatre (View)
3733 N Southport
Chicago, IL 60613
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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