Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Chinese: 一一; pinyin: Yī Yī) is a Taiwanese film written and directed by Edward Yang, about the emotional struggles of a businessman and the lives of his middle-class Taiwanese family in Taipei seen through three generations.
The film won Yang the Best Director Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where it also debuted.
The title in Chinese, 一一 (pronounced Yī Yī), means "one one", in the sense of "each one." Also, when written in vertical alignment, the two strokes resemble the character 二, meaning "two."
Yi Yi is an epic story about the Taipei Jian family seen through three different perspectives: the middle-aged father NJ (Nien-Jen Wu), the young son Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang), and the teenage daughter, Ting-Ting (Kelly Lee). The three-hour piece starts with a wedding, concludes with a funeral, and contemplates areas of human life in between. The father, NJ, is unsatisfied with his work and the desire of his business partners to enter into a deal with a well-known Japanese videogame company. While his partners are only concerned about making money, NJ finds that his honest nature is unappreciated in the commercial realm. To his surprise, he finds a