Skip to main content

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 »

BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, A

"This film is so uncommonly good that Yang's other very impressive works pale beside it." - Chicago Reader ... Often spoken of in terms of ‘genius' and even ‘one of the greatest films ever made' ... 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 »

MAHJONG

“Yang's angriest and most provocative film, and also probably the one that's elicited the most anger from viewers, especially in the West.” - Chicago ReaderConsisting of seemingly disparate story ... More »

A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY

... ... Edward Yang's long-awaited fourth feature is an independent production on an epic scale, a picture of Taiwan in 1960/61 as reflect­ed in the story of a teenage boy who kills a schoolgirl ... More »

TAIPEI STORY

Here's another feather in the cap for Chinese cinema, this time from Edward Yang, a relatively new director (his second feature) who was born on the mainland, studied for a while in the US, and now ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director