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A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
"Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian" (original title)

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Based from true story, primarily a conflict between two youth gangs, 14-year-old young boy's girlfriend conflict with the head of the gang for unclear reason, until finally there was a painfully incident.

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Xiao Si'r (Zhang Zhen)
Lisa Yang ...
Ming (Liu Zhiming)
Kuo-Chu Chang ...
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Elaine Jin ...
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Chuan Wang ...
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Han Chang ...
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Hsiu-Chiung Chiang ...
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Stephanie Lai ...
Youngest Sister (as Fanyun Lai)
Chi-tsan Wang ...
Cat (Wang Mao)
Lawrence Ko ...
Airplane (Ji Fei)
Chih-Kang Tan ...
Ma
Ming-Hsin Chang ...
Underpants (Mingxin) (as Mingxin Zhang)
Chun-Lung Jung ...
Bomber (Chang Po-wen)
Hui-Kuo Chou ...
Tiger (Xiao Hu) (as Huiguo Zhou)
Ching-Chi Liu ...
Hefty (Da Ge) (as Qingqi Liu)
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Based from true story, primarily a conflict between two youth gangs, 14-year-old young boy's girlfriend conflict with the head of the gang for unclear reason, until finally there was a painfully incident.

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"Profoundly lyrical and heartrendingly cinematographic..."
17 October 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Taiwanese screenwriter, producer and director Edward Yang's fourth feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriters Yan Hongya, Yang Shunquing and Lai Mingtai, is inspired by real events which took place in the Republic of China in the early 1960s. It premiered in Taiwan, was shot on locations in Taiwan and is a Taiwanese production which was produced by producer Yu Weian. It tells the story about a high school student named Xiao Si'r who lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. Xiao Si'r attends night school and doesn't adapt well to its authoritarian system, and whilst his father is trying to get him a place in day school he becomes involved with nationalist gangs who are in constant conflict with each other and the generation that came before them, finds places of solace and romantic awakening in the lyrics of an American singer who wouldn't have needed any introduction and acquaints a fellow student named Ming.

Distinctly and masterfully directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated interchangeably from multiple viewpoints, draws a gazing and wonderfully gripping portrayal of a country, then ruled by a nationalist government, who had lost control over mainland China to the Communist Party and what this had done to the relations between generations and their sense of national identity. While notable for its majestically realized milieu depictions, cinematography by cinematographers Huigong Li and Longyu Zhang and production design by production designer Yu Weian, this narrative-driven and dialog- driven story about generational divide, national alienation, interpersonal conflicts and youth criminality as a consequence of political ideology which creates utopia for the state whilst oppressing its civilian population, postwar conditions, Americanization, education and the history of nations which has a significant place in cinema history, depicts multiple substantial studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Zhan Hongda.

This historically noteworthy, literarily reflective and confidentially conversational four-hour epic from the early 1990s where the notion of atmosphere takes on a completely new meaning, which is set in the late 1950s in the capital city of Taiwan during the presidency of Chinese political and military leader of the Kuomintang Chiang Kai-shek, the presidency of political and military leader of the Chinese Communist Party in the People's Republic of China Mao Zedong (1893-1976) and the White Terror period (1949-1987), and where a father whom has worked reverently and made sacrifices to support his family is interrogated in a scrutinizing manner, is impelled and reinforced by its evocative narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, informative examination of its central themes, rare cinematic excellence and the internally and understatedly lingering acting performances by Taiwanese actors Chang Chen and Chang Kuo-Chu and Taiwanese actresses Elaine Jin and Lisa Yang. A profoundly lyrical and heartrendingly cinematographic work of art.


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