Though largely unknown in the West, Edward Yang emerged, over the course of two decades, as one of international cinema’s most distinctive voices and, along with Hou Hsiao Hsien, one of Taiwan’s finest filmmakers. Born in Shanghai in 1947, Yang fled with his family to Taiwan during the tumult of the Chinese Civil War. At a young age, he found creative inspiration in Japanese comic books and soon began writing his own works. In 1974, having received an advanced degree in Computer Science at Florida State University, he went on to study film at the University of Southern California. He quickly grew disillusioned with the program’s commercial emphasis, however, and withdrew after only one semester. He remained in America, working as a computer expert for several years. During this time, he kindled his passion for cinema by writing a script and aiding the production of the Hong Kong television movie Winter of 1905 (1981). Upon his return to Taiwan, he directed a number of television shows… read more
It's a fucking travesty that Yang is virtually unknown in the west. His work needs significant further exhibition and appreciation, particularly in the States. (Aside: Last fall, I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of WCF's restored print of A Brighter Summer Day after which Yang's widow graciously participated in a Q&A and confirmed that ABSD would get a Criterion release—ETA TBD.) His work is hard to come by here, but even having only seen three of his pictures (ABSD, Yi Yi, The Terrorizers), I consider him one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His work is infinitely rich in humanity and wisdom. While I wish he were still with us, I know his cinematic accomplishments will leave a lasting impression.
forget about the turkey, I'll be spending my time watching A Brighter Summer Day in its new US Restoration! http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/a-rational-mind-the-films-of-edward-yang#film-schedule
There's an Edward Yang retrospective at the Montreal cinematheque.....considering that I've only seen Yi Yi, wich one should I look after ?