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A fantastic cinematic and artistic achievement, Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day depicts youth, ideals, violence and politics in a melancholic, tender light, culminating in a complex portrait of Taiwanese identity. Read critic reviews

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A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Cast & Crew

Zhang Zhen
Xiao Si'r
Han Chang
Elder Brother
Chuan Wang
Eldest Sister
Lawrence Ko
Lawrence Ko
Tan Zhigang
Ma
Tang Xiaocui
Yu Weiyan
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Zhan Hongzhi
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Critic Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day

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  • Here, Yang has erected a temporal experience, a completely immersive world that few artists in any medium could ever hope to do. If you love cinema, you'll love this movie. That's a promise.

    March 15, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • A Brighter Summer Day's extended running time pays off: Si'r's spiral towards tragedy never stretches credibility, because Yang takes the time to let it realistically occur, showing us each factor that contributes to his slow transformation.

    March 15, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Yang's graceful, naturalistic way of inserting politically fraught signifiers into his characters' hands could teach other film-makers a thing or two.

    March 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You won't relish the thought of spending four hours with Si'r, but A Brighter Summer Day will leave you wanting even more.

    March 8, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Yang's methods bring a melancholy tenderness to his recollections. He films intricately staged action in long takes of a rueful, contemplative reserve.

    March 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • One of those movies that, by slow accretion of detail and bold dramatic vision, disclose the structure and feeling of an entire world.

    November 27, 2011

Audience Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day

  • Aug 06, 2013
    One of the most amazing films I've seen in a long time. Life changing.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    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 D Super Reviewer

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