A One and a Two…

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Time Out says

Yang's most fully achieved film since A Brighter Summer Day offers a detailed and very moving account across three generations of a family of the ways people cope with crises and emotional setbacks. The problems, it humorously suggests, may change as one grows older, but the means of coping don't change much. The central focus is on family head NJ (Wu, a fine screenwriter and director in his own right), who bumps into his long-lost first love on the very day his mother-in-law goes into a coma, and finds himself wondering if he can erase the last 20 years and start over. This is one film which justifies a three-hour running time: each character is drawn with warmth and complexity, and each has to deal with issues which are all too recognisably real. The interweaving of story threads and the ability to keep larger perspectives in sight while not stinting on specifics both bespeak a true mastery.
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Release details

UK release:

2000

Duration:

173 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Wu Nianzhen, Jonathan Chang, Kelly Lee, Ko Su-Yun, Elaine Jin, Adrian Lin, Issey Ogata

Editor:

Chen Bo-Wen

Producer:

Shinya Kawai, Naoko Tsukeda

Production Designer:

Peng Kai-Li

Cinematography:

Yang Wei-Han

Director:

Edward Yang

Screenwriter:

Edward Yang

Music:

Peng Kai-Li

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