Calling Yi Yi a masterpiece and the late Edward Yang one of the greatest Taiwanese directors is fair, but deserves some context — after all, outside of Ang Lee, most Taiwanese film directors are best known to film festival patrons. But Yang’s films stand apart from his peers for his global sensibilities. Perhaps this should come as no surprise — he studied electrical engineering in the U.S. and has claimed that Werner Herzog and Michelangelo Antonioni are two of his biggest influences. Alongside Hou Hsiao-Hsien (City of Sadness) and second generation new-waver Tsai Ming-Liang (What Time is it There?), Yang’s works have been revered in international film festivals (Yi Yi won the best director prize at Cannes). However Yi Yi is still the only one of his pictures available stateside. My review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Yi Yi follows after the jump.