A Brighter Summer Day
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Set in Taiwan during the year 1960, a talented but self-centered student refuses to compromise his moral standards with anyone -- teachers, friends, parents or girlfriend.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

One of those movies that, by slow accretion of detail and bold dramatic vision, disclose the structure and feeling of an entire world.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Masterly done four-hour loosely based autobiographical film of the late Taiwan filmmaker Edward Yang.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A Brighter Summer Day is itself in color, but it may as well be monochrome.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The measured pace may be off-putting, but stay with it -- the accumulated wealth of detail invests the unexpected final scenes with enormous, shocking power.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Magnificent achievement by the late Edward Yang pushes him even higher in the pantheon of great directors.

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Film4

Zhang Zhen is impressive as the youth caught up in violence and gang rivalry, his troubled adolescence a metaphor for the increasingly changing ideals and landscape of a society in flux.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A powerful statement from Yang's generation about what it means to be Taiwanese, superior even to his recent masterpiece Yi Yi.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Yang's film doesn't waste a single second of its four hours, and taken as a whole, reveals a beautiful, intricate, masterful tapestry that is as accomplished in its grand, quiet way as is The Godfather trilogy.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

A Brighter Summer Day stands as a massive achievement, perhaps the greatest in all of modern Taiwanese cinema.

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Stella Dallas
a fantastic film restored this year by scorsese's world cinema foundation, here's hoping this gets a dvd release sooner rather than later. some issue… More
Christopher Brown
One of the most amazing films I've seen in a long time. Life changing.