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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
10 wins & 15 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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Based on a true story. See more »

Goofs

(at around 130 mins) When Si'r shoots Ma's shotgun, sound of a firing can be heard, but the shotgun makes no recoil, indicating that the sound effect of the firing was used in the scene and no actual gun firing took place. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References The Misfits (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel Baby
Composed by Rose Hamlin
Performed by Chi-tsan Wang
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User Reviews

 
A lost masterpiece
26 March 2008 | by xym07See all my reviews

I saw this film on screen in 2005. The place I saw it was an old-fashioned theater in the middle of Seoul, South Korea. The film print was one of the last surviving print of this film, which is now worn out too much for another screening. It was about three years ago, and I frankly do not much about the plot. Two things, however, were still in my mind. First of all, it was much more a film with tranquility. Think about Edward Yang's last film 'Yi Yi.' Do you remember the scene where there were two teenagers walking on the street and there were scarcely any sound effect but someone's monologue? The whole film was like that. The other thing is that, despite of it deals with serious subject matters such as Taiwan's cruel anti-communist regime, it still has a sense of humor: in fact, a plenty of it. For me, now this film is like a lost summer love: passionate but vague. If complicated copyright issues be solved and clean prints of this film to be found, I'd really like to recommend this film; it is a long four-hour movie, but every minute is worth it.


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Country:

Taiwan

Release Date:

25 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brighter Summer Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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