Guillermo Prieto IV’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ugh, so good. I’ve been waiting almost a year to see this film ever since I saw the triumph that was Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day, a film that can’t get out of my head to this day.
Yi Yi has a simple story just like ABSD and every scene feels like we’re sitting and/or standing right next to the characters. It’s just as immersive as Yang’s other film, however, I don’t find the story or themes as effective.
Despite that, I enjoyed that the runtime wasn’t as intimidating as ABSD — even though this film is nearly 3 hours. I love its slow pace, technical aspects, and absence of a score.
This feels like a pretty nice farewell to Edward Yang since this was his final film before his passing. Check this one out.