Monday, July 02, 2007

Edward Yang (1947 -2007)

This is unbelievably tragic news. Edward Yang has died at the age of 59. According to the Associated Press, he had battled colon cancer for the past seven years, explaining his silence since the release of his sublime masterpiece, Yi Yi (2000). Mike Anderson at Tativille has a fine appreciation, and I'm sure GreenCine will archive the many remembrances soon to come.

Earlier tonight, curious about why he hadn't released anything since 2000, I did some brief research, discovering an animated project entitled The Wind had been announced, with Jackie Chan as a co-producer. Then I checked Tativille and learned of his passing. What a punch in the gut.


Blogger P.L. Kerpius said...

That is awful. I saw Yi Yi when it came out, and liked it a lot. I liked the sweetheart little kid following people around with a camera, showing them parts of themselves they can't see. My memory is a little hazy on the specifics of that movie, but I have tender feelings for it.

Really sad news.

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