This is an extraordinary epic of a film that is intimate in tone but grand in scale. This film is a natural work of art that should be seen by all and with the slow build up the ending is all the more shocking. This was the next level of childhood disillusionment picking up where the likes of De Sica, Bunuel, and Truffaut left off. A masterpiece.
Somewhat overwhelming, yet it achieves it's epic scale with such beauty and simplicity that it becomes awe-inspiring. Most loved the centerpiece of the narrative which features a returning character, a tragedy and a battle in a typhoon. But its the characters that stay with you. An indisputable masterpiece.
A 4 hour movie, over 100 actors and various themes, but still you will end up feeling anger, love, sadness and sympathy for every single person on this movie. You will reach the end of the movie with the image of the exact moment it all went down not leaving your head. Hate to say it but this is probably a perfect movie.
The film may last nearly 4 hours, but the flow is so perfect, the images are so beautiful that time just disappears as films. We follow each of the many characters. Edward Yang really knows how to paint a portrait of youth, with his unique blend of tenderness, humour and attention for psychological details. (another) masterpiece.
One of the greatest films ever made. I love the sense of humour and how well Yang observes teenagers: Despite the serious subject matter, there are laugh out loud moments throughout. The casting and the performances are top-notch. The many different storylines and themes weave together to create an operatic whole. It's both one of the most ambitious films ever made and one of those with the strongest vision
[More like 4.5] Other than what already said about the movie in the many reviews that can be found here and online, I think is most important to emphasise Yang's ability to convey human emotions lost between reality and fiction - as it can be with non-professional actors - socio-political implications related to time setting, but mostly how it's a story of lost souls in a foreign land (not that foreign anymore).
The title itself, 'A Brighter Summer Day' (in reference to the lyrics of Elvis Presley’s iconic 'Are You Lonesome Tonight') expresses irony (like many of Yang's other films): there is no brighter summer day, because darkness has covered Taiwan: once the youths find themselves without direction, society collapses from within and a once great nation dies.
A Brighter Summer Day is one of the best films I've ever seen. Yang's film is a rare one that achieves an uncommon and unique synthesis of theme, mise en scene, politics, plot, & character that's thought out at every level; resulting in an epic of a bildungsroman with a monstrous purview of a society about to experience an act that plunge a community, a nation, & a family into tragedy, death, & woe. Unforgettable.
Yang’s incredibly bleak look into the aimless future of Taiwanese youth. With the 4-hour length his narrative style and pace is quite bold. Heavily influenced by Hou Hsiao Hsien (most notably “Dust in The Wind”) it marks one of the most acclaimed Taiwanese films in cinema.