A Brighter Summer Day (2011)


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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.

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Critic Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Mar 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.

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

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

Nov 27, 2011

Audience Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day

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

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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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
Stella Dallas

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