Edward Yang's Classic - A one and a Two Premiers in Taiwan after 17 Years
Edward Yang's Classic - A one and a Two Premiers in Taiwan after 17 Years - Taipei Film Commission
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the deceased world-renowned director Edward Yang, fans were finally able to see Yang's most highly acclaimed production - A one and a Two premiere in Taiwan 17 years after it was made. During the premiere ceremony held last night (the 27th) at Vieshow Cinema, performers and production crew of the film were united once again to support the screening of Edward Yang's masterpiece. Amongst the film's contributors were backstage crew Tu Du-chih, Yu Wei-yen, Kuo Li-chi, Yang Shih-ping and Chen Po-wen, and lead performers Elaine Jin, Jonathan Chang, Kelly Lee, Hsiao Shu-shen, Action Tang, Chen Shi-sheng and Shu Kuo-chih. Meanwhile, Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, and respected guests from the film industry including Chen Yu-hsun, Wang Shaudi, Yee Chih-yen, Yen Hung-ya, Wei Te-sheng and Umin Boya were also present to commemorate Edward Yang.
Group photo of the lead cast and production crew of A one and a Two, and Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs (3rd from right).
Having worked with Edward Yang on several films, Golden Horse winner Tu Du-chih said that A one and a Two was his favorite in all of Yang's films. It was his last time working with Edward Yang, and he missed the time he spent working with Yang. Assistant Director Yang Shih-ping said that A one and a Two was his first job in Taiwan after finishing postgraduate studies abroad. "Many of the young people I knew back then have grown to become mentors for the new generation. Seeing A one and a Two once again after so many years brings back a lot of memories. I hope it gives people a chance to learn about Edward Yang."
A one and a Two lead actress Elaine Jin was reunited with Jonathan Chang and Kelly Lee, who played her children in the film, for the first time in 17 years, and said: "The children have grown so much beyond recognition." Jonathan Chang, who was only 7 when the film was made, recalled: "I remember it as an exciting adventure, because it gave me an excuse to skip school!" and the audience responded with a laughter. Chang also revealed that director Yang was "curious" about children's potentials and had been very friendly and patient with them.
Kelly Lee (from left), Elaine Jin and Jonathan Chang were reunited after many years.
From left: Chen Shi-sheng, Hsiao Shu-shen, Kelly Lee, Elaine Jin, Jonathan Chang, Chang Yu-pang and Action Tang
Lead actor Wu Nien-jen was unable to attend personally, but made a video to deliver his message that seeing himself on the big screen again after so many years made him feel old, "but a great film never gets old!" Wu recommended the audience to support this masterpiece in the cinemas.
A one and a Two tells the story of a family in Taipei. It explores the confusion and crisis in various stages of life, and conveys care and respect for people. When the film was released in 2000, Edward Yang refused to have it released in Taiwan, and showed it only during film festivals out of protest against the few people who controlled film distribution in Taiwan. A one and a Two later won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and was named Best Foreign Language Film by several film critic associations. In 2016, the film was ranked 8th by BBC in "100 greatest films of the 21st Century." It has profound influence on Taiwanese filmmakers thereafter. A one and a Two will return and premiere on the big screen on July 28, 17 years after its release.