A Brighter Summer Day (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Chang Kuo-Shu
as Father
Elaine Jin
as Mother
Juan Wang
as Older Sister
Chang Han
as Older Brother
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Critic Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

You won't relish the thought of spending four hours with Si'r, but A Brighter Summer Day will leave you wanting even more.

Full Review… | March 8, 2016
Village Voice
Top Critic

Yang's methods bring a melancholy tenderness to his recollections. He films intricately staged action in long takes of a rueful, contemplative reserve.

Full Review… | March 7, 2016
New Yorker
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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
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A Brighter Summer Day is a cinematic soul search, a hulking beast of a film that can only meagerly be described as epic.

Full Review… | June 5, 2016
The Young Folks

Audience Reviews for A Brighter Summer Day


I realize the big picture in the backdrop plus its significance in Taiwan Cinema (history). It's simultaneously a vast jumble however.


Wow. This is fantastic! And utterly heartbreaking. If you don't mind sitting around for 4 hours reading subtitles, then this is a must see! Let's hope Criterion can work out the rights for a DVD release soon.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson

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

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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