A Brighter Summer Day (Gulingjie shaonian sharen shijian)

  • Dir: Edward Yang

  • 1991, Mandarin, 237 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Guo-Zhu, Elaine Jin

Yang’s monumental film carries a vision and impact unmatched in Chinese language cinema for years. A deliberately forgotten era was painstakingly reconstructed, by music, words, and the subtle rapport of neighborhood characters. Through the eyes of a teenager (Chang Chen) we recover episodic moments of Taiwan’s history, seeing how mounting oppression resulted in murderous consequences. The summer sun is glimmering, but not in people’s hearts. Yang was still longing for that bright(er) summer day, whether or not it would come. Newly restored version.



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