Yi Yi ★★★★★

My first reaction to Yi Yi was the striking similarities in style between Edward Yang and one of my favorite directors, Yasujiro Ozu. Both use the home, the very place where a family all arrive to at the end of every day, the point of connection within all families, as their primary framing and composing device. In addition to that, they both predominantly employ static shots throughout the film. Much like the characters in their movies, we are given time to think; Yang and Ozu respect that and don't attempt to tell us what to think about.

Yang manages to balance an extremely large ensemble cast with ease. We are always attentive and absorbed in each family member's dilemmas and quandaries; this is because of their universal qualities and properties that bridge languages, cultures and generations.

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