Special Classic Taiwan New Wave
Taiwan New Wave: Lives Less Ordinary

Yi Yi (2000)

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Edward Yang’s last film Yi Yi (he passed away in 2007) is considered his magnum opus. A Brighter Summer Day (we still owe you this one) is another remarkable film, however Yi Yi might be considered more accessible for Western audiences. We follow the Jian family’s individual lives, over the course of a year. The opening scene is set at a wedding and the film concludes with a funeral, symbolizing the cycle of life. The film’s storytelling approach doesn’t rely on dramatic plot twists. Instead, it mirrors real life, capturing ordinary moments we all might experience in our lives. Visually, Yang uses long takes and distant shots, deliberately avoiding close-ups and yet this film feels very intimate. This technique invites viewers to become conscious observers and enables us to focus on every detail within the scenes. Yang’s swang song won him the best director prize at the Cannes film festival of 2000. Note: this film will be screened with a 20 minute intermission.


Edward Yang
Wu Nien-jen, Issey Ogata, Elaine Jin, Kelly Lee
173 minuten


Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life’s meaning as they live through everyday quandaries. NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife suffers a spiritual crisis when she finds her life a blank and his business partners make bad decisions.

KINO is proud to present (re)introduce you to nine masterpieces from the Taiwan New Wave. These classics have remained underseen in cinemas, so it’s high time we showcase them on our grandest screen. Featuring films from the first and second wave by Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming-liang and more. The films of this revolutionary movement in cinema history were artistically innovative, but also in their realistic portrayal of the Taiwanese people. They illustrated societal and economic shifts, much like Italian Neorealism in the 1940s. By capturing their cultural identity, these filmmakers created their own voice and their own national cinema. Trailer: Baris Azman