A Brighter Summer Day A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day

Edward Yang

 
A Brighter Summer Day (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Taiwan
  • 1991
  • 237 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Mandarin, Taiwanese
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  • Spine #804

Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil.

Cast

Xiao Si’rChang Chen
MingLisa Yang
FatherChang Kuo-chu
MotherElaine Jin
Eldest sisterWang Chuan
Lao Er (Elder brother)Chang Han
Middle sisterChiang Hsiu-chiung
Youngest sisterLai Fan-yun
Cat (Wang Mao)Wong Chi-zan
Airplane (Ji Fei)Lawrence Ko
MaTan Chih-kang
Underpants (Mingxin)Chang Ming-hsin
Sex Bomb (Chang Po-wen)Jung Chun-lung
Tiger (Xiao Hu)Zhou Hui-guo
Jade (Xiao Cui)Tang Xiao-cui
HoneyLin Hong-ming
DeuceBosen Wang
Sly (Huatou)Chen Hung-yu
WangHsu Ming
Uncle FatCho Ming

Credits

DirectorEdward Yang
Produced byYu Wei-yen, Jan Hung-tze and Edward Yang
Executive producersJan Hung-tze and Jiang Feng-chyi
Production managerWu Zhuang
Script and dialogueYan Hong-ya, Lai Ming-tang, Edward Yang and Alex Yang
CinematographyChang Hui-kung and Li Long-yu
Edited byBowen Chen
Production design byYu Wei-yen and Edward Yang
Costume design byWu Le-chin
SoundTu Duu-chih

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • New interview with actor Chen Chang
  • Our Time, Our Story, a 113-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien, Sylvia Chang, and Tsai Ming-liang, among others
  • Videotaped performance of director Edward Yang’s 1992 play Likely Consequence
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director’s statement by Yang

    Cover photograph by Edward Yang

Film Essays

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A Brighter Summer Day: Coming of Age in Taipei

By Godfrey Cheshire March 22, 2016

Edward Yang’s masterful 1991 adolescent epic telegraphs the tensions and turbulence of 1960s Taiwan, when youth pop culture and teen street gangs became a major societal force. Read more »

Video

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Restoration Spotlight: A Brighter Summer Day

August 08, 2016

Long revered as one of the most important figures in world cinema, Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang (1947–2007) left behind a body of work that is only now becoming more widely available in the . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

June 17, 2016

For the Library of America’s Moviegoer column, writer Megan Abbott takes on the tangled dynamics of desire in Otto Preminger’s classic 1944 noir Laura.Laura’s most subversive message is that . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Talking with Screenwriter Hung Hung About A Brighter Summer Day

By Andrew Chan March 24, 2016

With Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day finally available in the U.S., screenwriter Hung Hung talks about his working relationship with Yang, the film’s truncated distribution and slow path to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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A Brighter Summer Day: Coming of Age in Taipei

By Godfrey Cheshire March 22, 2016

Edward Yang’s masterful 1991 adolescent epic telegraphs the tensions and turbulence of 1960s Taiwan, when youth pop culture and teen street gangs became a major societal force. Read more »


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: A Brighter Summer Day

By Curtis Tsui March 21, 2016

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