A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

A Brighter Summer Day


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Set in Taiwan during the year 1960, a talented but self-centered student refuses to compromise his moral standards with anyone -- teachers, friends, parents or girlfriend.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Critic Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

One of those movies that, by slow accretion of detail and bold dramatic vision, disclose the structure and feeling of an entire world.

Full Review… | November 27, 2011
New York Times
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The measured pace may be off-putting, but stay with it -- the accumulated wealth of detail invests the unexpected final scenes with enormous, shocking power.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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A powerful statement from Yang's generation about what it means to be Taiwanese, superior even to his recent masterpiece Yi Yi.

Full Review… | November 26, 2002
Chicago Reader
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Masterly done four-hour loosely based autobiographical film of the late Taiwan filmmaker Edward Yang.

Full Review… | August 27, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Magnificent achievement by the late Edward Yang pushes him even higher in the pantheon of great directors.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Film Journal International

Yang's film doesn't waste a single second of its four hours, and taken as a whole, reveals a beautiful, intricate, masterful tapestry that is as accomplished in its grand, quiet way as is The Godfather trilogy.

Full Review… | September 8, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day


a fantastic film restored this year by scorsese's world cinema foundation, here's hoping this gets a dvd release sooner rather than later. some issue with the taiwanese government has been holding it up for at least 3 years. there is a crap version on google video with mostly unreadable subtitles :( the film follows the 1960s generation youth, their obsession with getting into good schools, gang life and american pop culture. patience will be rewarded here; as anyone who has seen 'yi yi' can attest, yang's realism is on a whole other level

Stella Dallas

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One of the most amazing films I've seen in a long time. Life changing.

Christopher Brown

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