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A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 25 November 2011 (USA)
Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Director:

Edward Yang
8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chen Chang ... Xiao Si'r (Zhang Zhen)
Lisa Yang Lisa Yang ... Ming (Liu Zhiming)
Kuo-Chu Chang ... Father
Elaine Jin ... Mother
Chuan Wang ... Eldest Sister
Han Chang ... Elder Brother
Hsiu-Chiung Chiang ... Middle Sister
Stephanie Lai Stephanie Lai ... Youngest Sister (as Fanyun Lai)
Chi-tsan Wang Chi-tsan Wang ... Cat (Wang Mao)
Lawrence Ko ... Airplane (Ji Fei)
Chih-Kang Tan Chih-Kang Tan ... Ma
Ming-Hsin Chang Ming-Hsin Chang ... Underpants (Mingxin) (as Mingxin Zhang)
Chun-Lung Jung Chun-Lung Jung ... Bomber (Chang Po-wen)
Hui-Kuo Chou Hui-Kuo Chou ... Tiger (Xiao Hu) (as Huiguo Zhou)
Ching-Chi Liu Ching-Chi Liu ... Hefty (Da Ge) (as Qingqi Liu)
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Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan | Shanghainese

Release Date:

25 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brighter Summer Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ranked number 38 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

Alternate Versions

Director's Cut is 237 minutes long. See more »

Connections

References The Misfits (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Composed by Roy Turk and Lou Handman
Performed by Elvis Presley; performed by Chi-tsan Wang
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a superb film
7 July 2000 | by superfly-13See all my reviews

Edward Yang's four-hour study of Taiwanese youth gangs in 1960 and their search for personal and national identity is a stunning film; its scope and narrative power reminded me of seeing "The Godfather" for the first time. One remarkable thing about Yang's direction is the virtual absence of close-ups. The action is often shot through a doorway, window, or facade that obscures part of the world within; there's always a sense of life going on beyond the boundary of the frame. That this film hasn't been released in America is a crime.


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