Really bad movie alert: Yi Yi

This is a public service announcement.

I watch lots of Chinese language movies.

Last night I spent a week watching Yi Yi (A One And A Two).  

Run for your lives.  

Despite a good Rotten Tomatoes review, this is a 2:53 hours of your life you will never have back.

I hated this movie so much that I had to warn you.  


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  1. sigil7 says:


  2. Irulats says:

    “Set in Taipei, director Edward Yang’s three-hour film is a rich, funny and humane family portrait with keen observations…” from United States Catholoic Conference of Bishops

    God help us all!

  3. Jeff Pinyan says:

    Last night I spent a week watching Yi Yi.”

    Heh. I think that says it all, really.

  4. sigil: 不客气!

  5. Irulats: It’s still a truly lousy film.

  6. Irulats says:

    Fr. Z: 我相信您。

  7. sigil7 says:

    Fr. Z!!! Z 神父! 哎喲! 你怎麽這麽用簡體字呢?? 多麽不傳統啊!

    I saw that “气”! My goodness! The angels are weeping at the use of those communist simplified monstrosities! 氣!氣!氣!氣!!!

  8. Steve says:

    Fr. Z, I concur with your assessment of that movie. I admire your ability to stick it out to the bitter end. I lasted about 1/2 way through it before I could not take one more moment.

  9. Belloc says:

    General MacArthur, where are you when we need you?

  10. NeoCarlist says:

    Since you like Chinese language movies, have you seen “Raise the Red Lantern” yet? A dark and depressing movie, yet my wife and I found ourselves liking it a lot.


  11. Thanks, Father. It’ll be tough, but I’ll try to avoid this one. :-)

  12. Jay says:

    For Goodness sake, are you all started to talk and write Chinese after watching some Chinese film? I cannot believe it!

  13. Janet says:

    Um… Father, if it was that bad, then WHY did you continue watching til the end instead of turning it off? You could have recouped at least some of that wasted time by giving up on the movie once you realized it was a ‘dog’. :-)

  14. jane says:

    That’s the best movie review I have ever read. Short. To the point. Simple directions.

    Thanks Father Z!!!

    jane in memphis

  15. NeoCarlist: have you seen “Raise the Red Lantern” yet?

    Of course I have.   That is a necessary film.

  16. Janet: WHY did you continue watching

    Take it from someone who has heard confessions.  Sometimes people make really lousy confessions until they get their act together.  Then the important stuff comes, after alot of hemming and hawing, at the end or when you least expect it.

    I am an optimist.

  17. sigil: If you understood this round-eyed foreign devil’s Chinese at all then pipe down.

  18. sigil7 says:

    heheh, Fr. Z., it’s ok, I’m a round-eyed foreign devil too!

  19. Kathy says:

    I have never seen a movie with so many tomatoes before.

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