Edward Yang's multi-award-winning film looks at several turbulent weeks in the life of the Jian family. Husband and father NJ (Nien-Jen Wu) is a partner in a failing software company, which might just save itself by teaming up with an innovative Japanese games designer. Meanwhile his wife Min-Min (Elaine Jin) has gone off to a mountain retreat with a dubious guru, his teenage daughter Ting Ting (Kelly Lee) is getting her first, rough lessons in love, his young son Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) is asking difficult questions and getting into trouble at school - and his mother-in-law has suffered a stroke and lies in a coma. In the middle of all the confusion NJ runs into his childhood sweetheart Sherry, the girl he jilted twenty years earlier, and starts to wonder about starting over.
Quality, realistic domestic drama.
- A One and a Two review by Steve Mason
Very long, detailed film tells the story of an ordinary family and how they react to their daily trials. A domestic drama, with a non professional cast in which the director's disinterested camera slowly reveals a rare insight and profundity; and arouses our deep empathy for the fears and hopes of all of the family.