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Based on the director's adolescent memories and focusing on one central male protagonist, an idealistic student who refuses to compromise his moral standards, looks at growing up in Taiwan during the 1960's and the problems of military dictatorship, unemployment and immigration from mainland China.

Genres: Romance, Drama

Country: Taiwan

Directed By: Edward Yang

Written By: Edward Yang, Lai Mingtang, Hung Hung

Starring: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Wang Juan, Zhang Han, Elaine Jin

AKA: Guling jie shaonian sha ren shijian

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Dec 29, 2017 kritikos kritikos
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Jul 31, 2017 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
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Jul 31, 2017 WuGambino WuGambino
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Jul 28, 2017 fartsahin fartsahin
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Jul 15, 2017 dean_
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Jun 17, 2017 TreyAtwood TreyAtwood
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Jun 06, 2017 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
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Jun 04, 2017 Phil_Clowns Phil Clowns
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Jun 04, 2017 Warren Warren
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May 24, 2017 Lionel Hutz
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May 23, 2017 wetwillies wetwillies
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May 19, 2017 skb2933
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May 12, 2017 ashfieldmall
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May 04, 2017 Kobaruon Kobaruon
30T1
Apr 29, 2017 eruditey
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Apr 25, 2017 Hsaka
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Apr 21, 2017 joxnq joxnq
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Apr 19, 2017 Andras
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Apr 09, 2017 ICMforum
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Apr 07, 2017 Tirfan Tirfan
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Apr 06, 2017 Henrik Henrik
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Jul 10, 2016 BadCosmonaut BadCosmonaut
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Apr 02, 2017 douns
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Apr 02, 2017 jmo11
86T9
Mar 16, 2017 matty5190 matty5190
93T10
Mar 08, 2017 realnabarl
40T1
Mar 03, 2017 aliosmanoglu
83T9
Feb 26, 2017 dr_Robert
3T5
Filmen anses av filmregissörer och kritiker vara den 98:nde bästa filmen någonsin (TSPDT). På ett plan kan jag utan tvekan hålla med: Varje filmruta är ett konstverk, kameraarbetet är helt enkelt häpnadsväckande! Men detta räcker inte för att bära upp denna långa film. Historien är tunn och vindlande, det finns några häpnadsväckande logiska luckor som inte kan avslöjas här (spoilers) och filmen är bra nära fyra timmar lång. Sammanvägt ger detta betyget 3, men trean är sva
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
100T10
Feb 24, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
84T10
Feb 15, 2017 Bown Bown
93T10
the fact this absolute masterpiece was unavailable for so long is akin to a fucking war crime
Feb 14, 2017 Facastro Facastro
75T9
Feb 09, 2017 chiphall72
61T4
Feb 06, 2017 zorb
100T9
Feb 02, 2017 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
5T10
An intimate, albeit reserved, coming-of-age story masquerading as an epic, giving us the full thrust of 1961 Taiwan and its precarious sociopolitical underpinnings while focusing on the influence and consequence this uneasy existence has on one family. It's a slow-burn of a film that feels at ease while avoiding the pitfall of being challenging or boring - in part because the wonderful cinematography, with its depth of focus, clarity, and natural lighting, makes you feel right there with them.
Jan 29, 2017 Villane
90T8
Jan 28, 2017 NevinLiu
97T10
Jan 27, 2017 mimecry
100T10
Jan 25, 2017 rumbeggar
90T10
Jan 23, 2017 megasorde
98T10
Jan 17, 2017 dcatcher dcatcher
82T10
Jan 14, 2017 mjbreuer
95T10
Jan 12, 2017 vildanden vildanden
20T2
Jan 07, 2017 Boonmee Boonmee
95T10
Jan 04, 2017 Stanley Stanley
85T9
Jan 04, 2017 BigEvil Nathan S
4T8
In its relay of the middle 20th century's rapid globalization, A Brighter Summer Day courses the sociopolitical history leading toward the type of alienated youth film so popular among this generation of Chinese filmmakers: the modern, technological grids of urban detachment made by Yang, Tsai, and Wong. It is such a large, long, sprawl of a film that it can feel less pertinent in moments, but its final scenes are moving in ways which justify all the time and effort.
Dec 31, 2016 Reavic
70T8
Dec 30, 2016 MoonLoop MoonLoop
96T10
Dec 25, 2016 Sduck25
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Dec 23, 2016 Nroo Nroo
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Dec 20, 2016 mingliang
100T10
Dec 14, 2016 kbhrchris kbhrchris
75T3
Dec 10, 2016 bounasim
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Nov 26, 2016 lineuphere lineuphere
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Nov 25, 2016 Asm_Nabil Asm Nabil
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Nov 20, 2016 Limdebois Limdebois
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Oct 30, 2016 zkas1225
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Oct 27, 2016 tommy_leazaq
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Oct 18, 2016 TheMarkle
40T1
Oct 14, 2016 dequinix dequinix
80T10
Sep 22, 2016 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
77T8
There's probably no way that this was ever going into live up to it's near-mythic reputation, but it's still very good. If it does feel slightly disappointing, its only because of how exalted it's been in cinephile circles over the years. I do have to wonder if it's scarcity did feed into it's reputation, because while it's definitely pretty great, I'm not sure it's length is entire justified (although it certainly doesn't feel particularly slow), at least compared to Yi Yi.
Sep 15, 2016 Caracortada
60T6
Sep 10, 2016 zmt311 zmt311
82T9
Sep 09, 2016 giska giska
62T10
Aug 31, 2016 TraverseTown TraverseTown
40T3
Aug 29, 2016 devinallen devin_allen
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69T5
Jul 20, 2016 jef_costello jef costello
92T10
Jul 12, 2016 matimend matimend
8T8
Jul 09, 2016 davesv
98T10
Jul 07, 2016 Yiannos Yiannos
68T6
Yang was talented, but A.B.S.D has been seriously overpraised in some circles. Inspired by an event from his youth, Yang effectively recreates a turbulent bygone era in Taiwan's history when its sense of identity was lost. His mistake was turning it into an allegory by connecting the boy's actions to the problems of the nation, which are only tenuously linked. If it was an angry polemic it could have worked, but it moves like molasses and at 4 hours doesn't justify its excessive length.
Jul 04, 2016 Excelsior Excelsior
100T10
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60T5
Jun 24, 2016 natebarrios natebarrios
95T10
... this f u c k e d m e u p.
Jun 21, 2016 meliorism meliorism
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Jun 04, 2016 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
44T10
Jun 01, 2016 Batty Batty
90T10
May 23, 2016 Mulholland Mulholland
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May 21, 2016 jbissell jbissell
90T9
May 18, 2016 cayh
50T1
May 13, 2016 JooJoo JooJoo
4T6
May 12, 2016 bobyang bobyang
85T9
May 12, 2016 strangelime
100T10
Apr 28, 2016 nickv nickv
83T10
Apr 23, 2016 sellis
92T10
Funny how 4 hours can feel so fleeting. The visual and audial achievement cannot be understated. The sets, designed by Edward Yang, act as essential catalysts to mood and behavior. And, like so many films from the Taiwanese New Wave, the central character is loneliness. The street gang set pieces are compelling. But this is without a doubt a tragedy. The sad mask to Yi Yi's more life-affirming one. Yang truly was a master and I believe his work's impact will only grow stronger over time.
Apr 19, 2016 eats_almonds eats-almonds
5T8
Apr 14, 2016 fannyoch
100T10
Apr 11, 2016 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
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Apr 10, 2016 badjuice bad_juice
70T10
Apr 01, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
17T9
Mar 29, 2016 clarkah Prof. Sebby
80T9
Mar 28, 2016 drawingboard drawingboard
80T8
Mar 23, 2016 Darren Darren
92T10
Don't really see how anyone could view this as slow. I think people are forgetting long doesn't equal slow. One of the saddest depictions of growing up. The new restoration is one of the better things criterion has done.
Mar 23, 2016 Seethruskin Seethruskin
6T10
The new restoration is amazing.
Mar 23, 2016 Hennimore
95T10
Mar 06, 2016 LouisMazzini LouisMazzini
83T10
Feb 16, 2016 M-B-M
9T10
Dec 22, 2015 Romario3210 Romario3210
90T6
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66T7
Dec 15, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
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60T3
Jul 25, 2015 atimetolive
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70T6
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100T10
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87T6
Jan 18, 2015 petcor80
75T5
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70T6
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75T6
Dec 02, 2014 erkmen erkmen
77T8
Nov 01, 2014 Malcym
10T10
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80T5
Sep 07, 2014 PatsLondon Pats_London
100T10
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100T10
Aug 21, 2014 BaalMan
85T8
Aug 20, 2014 denpa denpa
5T10
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
90T10
Jul 21, 2014 jphollow
94T8
Apr 09, 2014 dijivehav
99T6
Apr 07, 2014 fujigef
90T7
Mar 30, 2014 Toke Za
100T10
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
100T10
Jan 10, 2014 MMAlpha MMAlpha
75T7
Dec 29, 2013 pitn
84T4
Dec 23, 2013 Communicants Communicants
75T7
Dec 04, 2013 HansLucas Hans_Lucas
92T10
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
90T10
Nov 28, 2013 debaser1985
67T5
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
50T2
Oct 20, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
60T8
Aug 24, 2013 ColonelTigh
94T8
Aug 21, 2013 Sane
80T8
Aug 17, 2013 Ljusbus Ljusbus
9T10
Aug 10, 2013 Barkinson
50T4
Aug 10, 2013 nrm5
51T4
Jul 24, 2013 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
90T10
Jun 16, 2013 snallygaster snallygaster
82T10
2nd viewing; my memories of the film were fuzzy, possibly because the crappy bootleg laserdisc transfers of the film we had to settle for for 25 years were also fuzzy. Again I was pretty unclear about who everybody was until well into the film. It's hard to explain why this movie is so powerful; the story has some universal themes but I can sense a lot of personal and cultural context I'm missing. Yang pulls off something few movies accomplish: convey the feeling of a novel played out on film.
May 12, 2013 elmakebabi elmakebabi
61T5
Mar 30, 2013 Grimsrud
90T9
Mar 25, 2013 valentins
30T2
Mar 24, 2013 hereslucas lucbapt
97T10
Mar 16, 2013 D34F PeterdeJ
80T9
Mar 10, 2013 losrasputin losrasputin
92T9
Feb 13, 2013 gam01 gam01
97T10
Feb 07, 2013 spinooza
95T9
Jan 31, 2013 vishal8492 vishal8492
85T9
Jan 19, 2013 Zeboim
80T10
There are dead spots. The ending is bad. But it kept me engaged for its entire length, which is no mean feat, and I'd watch it again.
Dec 14, 2012 frbrown frbrown
100T10
Nov 29, 2012 lhm
84T5
Nov 29, 2012 !nsomn!a
80T7
Nov 01, 2012 Penajohnson
92T9
Oct 25, 2012 zoku zoku
100T10
Oct 23, 2012 Ronin21
94T10
Sep 20, 2012 pinq09
60T6
Jun 11, 2012 JM1138
93T10
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
71T9
May 30, 2012 mightysparks mightysparks
40T2
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
98T10
May 13, 2012 teente
90T9
Apr 23, 2012 nrm4
90T10
Mar 04, 2012 shiggy
93T10
Feb 22, 2012 Voice Within
94T10
Feb 09, 2012 Jos Jos
100T10
Jan 31, 2012 lucas_M lucas M.
97T9
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
96T10
Dec 28, 2011 GodlessNoble
95T10
Dec 26, 2011 Lone_Wolf miller
6T5
Dec 06, 2011 guilhermetc
95T10
Nov 30, 2011 theyshoot11
79T6
#425
Oct 15, 2011 nt_
90T8
Oct 04, 2011 NRM03
71T8
Oct 01, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
82T10
Sep 28, 2011 cluster cluster
10T10
Sep 26, 2011 laika laika
97T10
Sep 13, 2011 thaklos thaklos
92T10
There may be murder at its crescendo, but this film is about growing up in a world that doesn't make sense, a world where John Wayne isn't there to save the day. Yang's camera lingers, slowing the film to allow the atmosphere take over the screen in the same way it is taking over the characters. These characters are melancholic, but rather than condemn them for their faults Yang simply reflects upon them, and more often than not finds remarkable depth pooling beneath the surface.
Jun 25, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
80T8
Jun 05, 2011 BFD31095 BFD31095
9T10
May 11, 2011 hellin
10T10
Apr 29, 2011 FallFoliage
75T9
Apr 12, 2011 ericdupont ericdupont
95T10
Apr 01, 2011 AICHEG AICHE
88T10
Mar 18, 2011 trevitron trevitron
90T10
Mar 17, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
85T9
Slow but powerful metaphor for Taiwan's growing pains. I wish Yang had taken some time to introduce the characters more properly but things do eventually make sense and the development of the lead character is very interesting and culminates wonderfully.
Jan 21, 2011 schnofel schnofel
29T2
Jan 11, 2011 Guilherme_R Guilherme R.
80T5
Jan 06, 2011 Alexandru Alexandru
9T10
Dec 30, 2010 Adrien Adrien
7T10
Dec 30, 2010 IL I.L.
100T10
Dec 15, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
88T10
Dec 03, 2010 dmk dmk
82T8
Dec 03, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
40T10
"A Brighter Summer Day is itself in color, but it may as well be monochrome." - Ed Gonzalez
Oct 17, 2010 Infenso paah
70T6
Aug 26, 2010 sceptre_777
70T7
Aug 10, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
86T10
Jul 18, 2010 micmac micmac•
75T8
Apr 20, 2010 katsuben
7T10
Mar 03, 2010 CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
80T9
The film captures the social malaise, corruption, and violent deliquency amongst 1960's Taiwanese youth near perfectly. The story arcs all revolve around a notorious juvenile murder which gives the film a somewhat fatalistic bent. This was an ambitious film but the length and glacial pace is certainly one of its weak points. Yang's style is a bit impenetrable because it requires some knowledge of Taiwanese culture and history to begin with. Still an excellent film.
Feb 21, 2010 Tds4a Tds4a
65T5
Feb 14, 2010 onetwothree
80T10
Feb 02, 2010 cinebaixar
87T9
Jan 24, 2010 rudolf55
93T9
Jan 15, 2010 chadvercetti chadvercetti
94T10
Jan 14, 2010 theyshoot10
78T6
440
Jan 09, 2010 kennardjon
70T4
Oct 28, 2009 Odyssey Dave
100T10
Oct 24, 2009 robosapien
8T8
Needs rewatch.
Oct 04, 2009 winds winds
7T10
Sep 20, 2009 negative
3T8
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