Two Taiwanese films make NYT’s ’25 Best Films of the 21st Century’

Two films from Taiwan make the New York Times’ list of the ’25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far’

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/13
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two Taiwanese-made films have made it to the New York Times’ list of “The

Shu Qi and Chang Chen in scene from film ‘Yi Yi’ (Image from First Distributors)

25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far,” including Edward Yang’s (楊德昌) “Yi Yi” at 6 and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s (侯孝賢) “Three Times” at 17.

The New York Times’ A.O. Scott describes the 2000 film “Yi Yi” (A One and a Two, 一一) as “A packed, enthralling three-hour chronicle of modern Taiwanese family life, ‘Yi Yi’ has the heft and density of a great novel.”

Scott says taking the film in is more than the act of viewing, rather it is “something you experienced, as if you were one of the Jians’ Taipei neighbors.”

Director of the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins, said he was partly inspired by “Three Times” (最好的時光), “I first saw ‘Three Times’ at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival, It was wonderful.”

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