Yang. Along with Hou Hsiao-hsien is the leading voice of the Taiwanese New Wave of the 1980’s. I am very eager to get back to Yang’s work after my breakthrough on Ozu in 2018 (and HHH in 2019). Yang’s reputation amongst cinephiles is far greater than where I have him here. I hope I’m wrong on him. For the purposes of this list his strength is certainly Yi Yi– a wonderful film. The compositions on this page are impossible to deny as well- a style+ auteur even if the filmography a little underwhelming in comparison with a few others I’ve yet to get to on this list.
Best film: Yi Yi. I found this to be far and away the best of the four Edward Yang films I could get my hands on (he only made a total of seven features). That are high water-shed visual moments- immaculately curated mise-en-scenes that echo HHH (Hou Hsiao-hsien) or Ozu- but also long stylistically quiet periods (it is a long film) that I had a harder time with.
total archiveable films: 3
top 100 films: 0
top 500 films: 0
top 100 films of the decade: 0
most overrated: Again, I’m certainly not willing to write them off after one viewing but for right now both Yi Yi and A Brighter Summer Day are in the consensus top 125 of all-time on TSPDT and I’m not close to that.
most underrated : I do not have one here.
gem I want to spotlight : I did not walk away overly impressed (especially given the reputation) with the first viewing of Terrorizers or A Brighter Summer Day so would have to go with Yi Yi again here.
- Compositions in medium, medium-long, and long shots (usually from a fixed camera)
- His genre was melodrama, large casts—which fit his long shot and panorama picture quality style
- The design of the mise-en-scene in Yang’s greatest shots certainly puts him in the Ozu-acolyte category – along with HHH (also a proponent of having very view if any close-ups and a fixed camera)
- Even some of his biggest admirers talk about the layering in his films and multiple viewings required
- Long films, deliberately paced—Yi Yi is 173 minutes, Summer Day is 237
- Yi Yi
- A Brighter Summer Day
- The Terrorizers
By year and grades
|1986- The Terrorizers||R|
|1991- A Brighter Summer Day||HR|
|2000- Yi Yi||MS|
*MP is Masterpiece- top 1-3 quality of the year film
MS is Must-see- top 5-6 quality of the year film
HR is Highly Recommend- top 10 quality of the year film
R is Recommend- outside the top 10 of the year quality film but still in the archives