Edward Yang

A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

A Brighter Summer Day
Cast
Chang Chen
Xiao Si’r
Lisa Yang
Ming
Chang Kuo-chu
Father
Elaine Jin
Mother
Wang Chuan
Eldest sister
Chang Han
Lao Er (Elder brother)
Chiang Hsiu-chiung
Middle sister
Stephanie Lai
Youngest sister
Wong Chi-zan
Cat (Wang Mao)
Lawrence Ko
Airplane (Ji Fei)
Tan Chih-kang
Ma
Chang Ming-hsin
Underpants (Mingxin)
Jung Chun-lung
Sex Bomb (Chang Po-wen)
Zhou Hui-guo
Tiger (Xiao Hu)
Tang Hsiao-tsui
Jade (Xiao Cui)
Lin Hong-ming
Honey
Bosen Wang
Deuce
Chen Hung-yu
Sly (Huatou)
Hsu Ming
Wang
Cho Ming
Uncle Fat
Credits
Director
Edward Yang
Produced by
Yu Wei-yen
Produced by
Jan Hung-tze
Produced by
Edward Yang
Executive producers
Jan Hung-tze
Executive producers
Feng-Chyt Jiang
Production manager
Wu Zhuang
Script and dialogue
Hung Hung
Script and dialogue
Lai Ming-tang
Script and dialogue
Edward Yang
Script and dialogue
Alex Yang
Cinematography
Chang Hui-kung
Cinematography
Li Long-yu
Edited by
Bowen Chen
Production design by
Yu Wei-yen
Production design by
Edward Yang
Costume design by
Wu Le-chin
Sound
Tu Duu-chih

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