A Brighter Summer Day
A Brighter Summer Day (2011)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 25, 2011
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

You won't relish the thought of spending four hours with Si'r, but A Brighter Summer Day will leave you wanting even more.

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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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Gary Shannon
The Young Folks

A Brighter Summer Day is a cinematic soul search, a hulking beast of a film that can only meagerly be described as epic.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Yang's methods bring a melancholy tenderness to his recollections. He films intricately staged action in long takes of a rueful, contemplative reserve.

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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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Ray Pride

Politics and movies and fathers and sons and mothers and daughters and first love and scorching, insensate first jealousy... almost hallucinatory violence that feels like Greek tragedy and Proust and Shakespeare and electric shadows.

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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.

Christopher Machell

A Brighter Summer Day is not for the faint-hearted, yet its rewards are manifold.

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Jordan Hoffman

Yang's graceful, naturalistic way of inserting politically fraught signifiers into his characters' hands could teach other film-makers a thing or two.

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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.