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A Brighter Summer Day

Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jia

Directed by Edward Yang
Taiwan, 1991


Set in Taipei, in 1960, the film revolves around a true incident that took place during Edward Yang’s adolescence and focuses on a generation facing the limitations of the Taiwanese traditional cultural identity as well as social and political constraints.

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A Brighter Summer Day Directed by Edward Yang
The film is a landmark of the Taiwanese New Cinema… So far this year Criterion, has released two Taiwanese films: A Brighter Summer Day, and King Hu’s A Touch of Zen (with his Dragon Gate Inn presumably coming soon as well). This has doubled their number of Chinese-language films, joining Yi yi and In the Mood for Love (John Woo’s The Killer and Hard-Boiled and Wong’s Chungking Express are technically in the Collection but are all out of print).
July 27, 2016
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Although it was shot as a theatrical feature, it fits surprisingly well into today’s taste for long-form TV narratives. With over eighty speaking parts, it’s a very thick slice of life from 1960 Taipei. Indeed, Tony Rayns’ commentary reports that Yang said he had developed enough story material for three hundred TV episodes. If you like soaking in a richly realized world, here’s a movie made for you.
June 16, 2016
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Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A CITY OF SADNESS and Tsai Ming-liang’s THE RIVER, this is one of the supreme masterpieces of the Taiwanese New Wave.
May 20, 2016
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