57 Great Directors: Edward Yang

“The situation in all of Asia is terrible now. It’s not an economic problem, it’s not a financial problem, it’s not a political problem, it’s a serious cultural problem. A Confucian Confusion is the first and so far only attempt at self reflection: at examining what is wrong with trying to head into the 21st century with a 4th century BC ideology.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Yi Yi/A Brighter Summer’s Day.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Yi Yi.

Where Does He Fit: Yi Yi is the most absurdly easy three hour sit ever, a series of gorgeous frames where everything matches in color in a way that is a little absurd in how magical it is. The family drama, meanwhile, is definitely a great one, but it is also very much over the top in all the right ways. You have three typical dramas playing out, interconnected by the generations, but there is something uniquely sensitive about how this plays out even as it feels like every old Douglas Sirk work. What was the spell that Yang cast before he passed away?

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Most Valuable Asset: Color and framing.
Most Excited For: A Brighter Summer’s Day.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, emotional sadist of the German New Wave.

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