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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
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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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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film features more than 100 amateur actors in different roles. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Features Rio Bravo (1959) See more »

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A classic that will stay with you for a long, long time.
26 July 2008 | by crappydooSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this four hour epic and something tells me that this is going to remain with me for a long, long time. I was glad I entered the cinema hall with no foreknowledge of what the film was about or anything about the story, except that it was directed by Edward Yang, whose Yi Yi I liked. Am I not glad I did that? The entire film, especially the second half, is an emotional powerhouse. Its funny, sociological and emotionally brutal.

The four hour run time was quite a deterrent however I planned it well and took one bathroom break but it was all worth it in the end. I would not recommend that you read anything of the story before you watch the film because several of the reviews above have spoilers in them. All I'll say is that it is about street gangs, but like nothing you've ever seen. It about lost childhood and children growing up so fast that its scary. The fact that all of this really happened makes it chilling.

I'm surprised that not many people have seen this film yet because it certainly deserves a classic status. The direction is probably one of the best I've ever experienced and I will definitely seek out other Edward Yang movies to watch.

The acting by all the teenage actors and children is nothing short of brilliant and I can see that some of the key actors never acted in another movie again which I believe is a waste.

I don't think its out on video as yet, however I would highly recommend that you seek it out. In my opinion the film demands total attention and is best watched on the big screen rather than on video.


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