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A Brighter Summer Day
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A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY

牯嶺街少年殺人事件 | Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian

Directed by Edward Yang
Taiwan, 1991
Drama, Crime, Romance

Synopsis

Taiwan, 1960s. After failing a test, innocent boy Xiao Si’r must attend night school. There, two rival gangs constantly clash. Xiao Si’r stays away from the gangs’ actions—until the day he meets Ming and falls in love with her. But Ming is the girlfriend of Honey, leader of one of the two gangs…

Synopsis

Taiwan, 1960s. After failing a test, innocent boy Xiao Si’r must attend night school. There, two rival gangs constantly clash. Xiao Si’r stays away from the gangs’ actions—until the day he meets Ming and falls in love with her. But Ming is the girlfriend of Honey, leader of one of the two gangs…

Our take

From New Taiwanese Cinema auteur Edward Yang comes this vast and tender coming-of-age epic. One of the most acclaimed films of all time, Yang uses the true story of a homicide case as a starting point to form a touching and sharp narrative of youth and Taiwanese identity. A true masterpiece.