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A ONE AND A TWO

Taiwan / Japan, 2000 (MIFF 2002, Regional Focus)

Director: Edward Yang

Aside from screenings at prestigious international Film Festivals from London and Hong Kong to New York and Toronto, A One and a Two has picked up a slew of awards including Best Director at Cannes 2000 - and has been hailed internationally as one of director Edward Yang's masterpieces. The film is an intimate family drama set in contemporary Taipei: wise, delicate and impeccably performed.

Yang conjures a mesmerising tale of love and regret and the struggle to connect. He opens the film with a wedding, ends it with a funeral and in between follows separate threads - a breakdown, mid-life crisis and infidelity, a child's curiosity and a grandmother's illness - and weaves them into a rich, illuminating whole. By the conclusion of the film, the family of NJ, a middle-class electronics executive, is as familiar as your own.

"In exchange for three hours of your time, A One and a Two will give you more life. As I watched the final credits of the film through bleary eyes, I struggled to identify the overpowering feeling that was making me tear up. Was it grief? Joy? Mirth? Yes, I decided, it was all of these. But mostly, it was gratitude." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

Edward Yang (born in Shanghai, 1947) is one of the most respected of contemporary filmmakers. His subtle style and deft touch have marked him as a cinema master. Yang's work includes Taipei Story (1984), The Terrorizers (1986), A Brighter Summer Day (1991), A Confucian Confusion (1995) and Mahjong (1996).

See also...

A ONE AND A TWO (YI YI) (M)

"As I watched... Yi Yi [A One and A Two] through bleary eyes, I struggled to identify the overpowering feeling that was making me tear up. Was it grief? Joy? Mirth? Yes, I decided, it was all of ... More »

THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH (M)

“The subtlety of Yang and [actress Sylvia] Chang merge together to form an irresistible emotional force.” - Toronto International Film FestivalThe award-winning debut feature of Australian ... More »

THE TERRORISER

A man lies dead in a suburban street, armed police surround a fiat, an Eurasian girl escapes from the scene of the crime, a young photographer snaps the proceedings. The setting is Taipei but it ... More »

TAIPEI STORY (PG)

“[A] quietly stunning drama which sees the various problems facing a rapidly modernised city reflected in the lives of a dozen or so subtly observed characters.” - Time OutStarring MIFF regular ... More »

TERRORIZER, THE (M)

“The film suggests that we all have our ways of ‘terrorizing' each other, and that we'd all like our lives to be as coherent and resolved as fiction. Yang reaches high, and his aim is true.” ... More »

Expectations

Considered to be an early study for what would become Yang's masterpiece - A Brighter Summer Day - the short film Expectations (made as part of the omnibus film In Our Time) was responsible for ... More »

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