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A Brighter Summer Day ()

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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

AKA: Guling jie shaonian sha ren shijian

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

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Apr 18 sourheart
93 88%
Need to watch again - but amazing
Apr 16 spiritofeden
90 96%
Apr 13 benrad
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Apr 10 mate_cosido
100 97%
Apr 08 w2727
52 22%
Apr 05 Afterlife
100 99%
Apr 02 FilmNoob
5 28%
Mar 21 kito1 kito1
80 87%
This went by rather quickly. Reminds me of "The Best of Youth", but this film here is more polished and coherent than it. The scenery is so completely natural that it just pulled me in. Many great, memorable characters and scenes.
Mar 17 RavynLoony RavynLoony
93 97%
Mar 17 tarr
88 89%
Mar 04 sayat_nova
100 71%
Feb 09 kennkoon kennkoon
90 98%
Jan 22 thirdeye42
76 70%
Jan 20 chuckdog
80 73%
Jan 09 cengaveri
66 9%
Jan 06 geertjan
100 96%
Dec 29, 2017 kritikos kritikos
10 9%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
100 99%
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1 0%
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8 32%
Dec 06, 2017 vitruvian vitruvian
95 93%
Dec 05, 2017 izefferino13
89 68%
Dec 05, 2017 xmoffx xmoffx
3 42%
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60 49%
Nov 17, 2017 drstrangeluv drstrangeluv
100 99%
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5 86%
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75 60%
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95 83%
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78 69%
Oct 06, 2017 oturan_adam onuryilyang
96 99%
Sep 23, 2017 cat9man cat9man
72 38%
Sep 10, 2017 filmcave
90 94%
Sep 02, 2017 sl1m
70 82%
Aug 22, 2017 Gody85 Gody85
84 94%
Aug 21, 2017 KnotTheory
10 79%
Aug 17, 2017 DrWade42
92 95%
Aug 10, 2017 goodorbad
0 0%
Jul 31, 2017 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
95 93%
Jul 31, 2017 WuGambino WuGambino
90 93%
Jul 28, 2017 fartsahin fartsahin
75 67%
Jul 15, 2017 dean_
9 67%
Jun 17, 2017 TreyAtwood TreyAtwood
100 99%
Jun 06, 2017 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
96 97%
Jun 04, 2017 Phil_Clowns Phil Clowns
55 11%
Jun 04, 2017 Warren Warren
88 89%
May 24, 2017 Lionel Hutz
89 88%
May 23, 2017 wetwillies wetwillies
100 97%
May 19, 2017 skb2933
98 98%
May 12, 2017 ashfieldmall
70 70%
May 04, 2017 Kobaruon Kobaruon
30 8%
Apr 29, 2017 eruditey
80 50%
Apr 25, 2017 Hsaka
83 83%
Apr 21, 2017 joxnq joxnq
100 97%
Apr 19, 2017 Andras
90 75%
Apr 09, 2017 ICMforum
90 45%
Apr 07, 2017 Tirfan Tirfan
90 86%
Apr 06, 2017 Henrik Henrik
95 98%
Apr 02, 2017 douns
96 98%
Apr 02, 2017 jmo11
86 81%
Mar 16, 2017 matty5190 matty5190
93 96%
Mar 08, 2017 realnabarl
40 6%
Mar 03, 2017 aliosmanoglu
83 89%
Feb 26, 2017 dr_Robert
3 37%
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
100 98%
Feb 24, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
84 99%
Feb 15, 2017 Bown Bown
93 95%
the fact this absolute masterpiece was unavailable for so long is akin to a fucking war crime
Feb 14, 2017 Facastro Facastro
75 84%
Feb 09, 2017 chiphall72
61 30%
Feb 02, 2017 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
5 91%
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
90 66%
Jan 28, 2017 NevinLiu
97 99%
Jan 27, 2017 mimecry
100 84%
Jan 25, 2017 rumbeggar
90 96%
Jan 23, 2017 megasorde
98 91%
Jan 17, 2017 dcatcher dcatcher
82 95%
Jan 14, 2017 mjbreuer
95 96%
Jan 12, 2017 vildanden vildanden
20 5%
Jan 07, 2017 Boonmee Boonmee
95 98%
Jan 04, 2017 Stanley Stanley
85 85%
Jan 04, 2017 BigEvil Nathan S
4 77%
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
70 82%
Dec 30, 2016 MoonLoop MoonLoop
85 92%
Dec 25, 2016 Sduck25
30 87%
Dec 23, 2016 Nroo Nroo
92 98%
Dec 20, 2016 mingliang
100 99%
Dec 14, 2016 kbhrchris kbhrchris
75 24%
Dec 10, 2016 bounasim
81 94%
Nov 26, 2016 lineuphere lineuphere
92 94%
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85 80%
Nov 20, 2016 Ronin22
84 99%
Nov 20, 2016 Limdebois Limdebois
65 50%
Oct 30, 2016 zkas1225
78 74%
Oct 27, 2016 tommy_leazaq
60 67%
Oct 18, 2016 TheMarkle
40 2%
Oct 14, 2016 dequinix dequinix
80 90%
Sep 22, 2016 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
77 77%
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
60 38%
Sep 10, 2016 zmt311 zmt311
82 89%
Aug 31, 2016 TraverseTown TraverseTown
40 23%
Aug 29, 2016 devinallen devin_allen
100 99%
Jul 21, 2016 Dark_Ryder14
69 41%
Jul 20, 2016 jef_costello jef costello
92 96%
Jul 12, 2016 matimend matimend
8 72%
Jul 10, 2016 BadCosmonaut BadCosmonaut
9 97%
Jul 09, 2016 davesv
98 98%
Jul 07, 2016 Yiannos Yiannos
68 58%
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
100 99%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60 36%
Jun 24, 2016 natebarrios natebarrios
95 98%
... this f u c k e d m e u p.
Jun 21, 2016 meliorism meliorism
90 90%
Jun 04, 2016 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
44 99%
Jun 01, 2016 Batty Batty
90 92%
May 23, 2016 Mulholland Mulholland
90 90%
May 21, 2016 jbissell jbissell
90 88%
May 18, 2016 cayh
50 9%
May 13, 2016 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
May 12, 2016 bobyang bobyang
85 84%
May 12, 2016 strangelime
100 98%
Apr 28, 2016 nickv nickv
83 95%
Apr 23, 2016 sellis
92 90%
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
5 79%
Apr 14, 2016 fannyoch
100 92%
Apr 11, 2016 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
85 90%
Apr 10, 2016 badjuice bad_juice
70 91%
Apr 01, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
17 88%
Mar 29, 2016 clarkah Prof. Sebby
80 87%
Mar 28, 2016 drawingboard drawingboard
80 77%
Mar 23, 2016 Darren Darren
92 90%
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
6 94%
The new restoration is amazing.
Mar 23, 2016 Hennimore
95 98%
Mar 06, 2016 LouisMazzini LouisMazzini
83 90%
Feb 16, 2016 M-B-M
9 98%
Dec 22, 2015 Romario3210 Romario3210
90 0%
Dec 18, 2015 LuxNatalis LuxNatalis
66 68%
Dec 15, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
45 99%
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
74 83%
Dec 07, 2015 Llanirev Llanirev
50 6%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
80 76%
Nov 11, 2015 maksler maksler
70 35%
Oct 21, 2015 Niska Niska
52 94%
Oct 04, 2015 Poot Poot
100 99%
Sep 03, 2015 peekingpanda peekingpanda
80 94%
Aug 22, 2015 sunhuang
60 16%
Jul 25, 2015 atimetolive
6 97%
Jul 25, 2015 tecu tecu
91 90%
Jun 28, 2015 firebirdekb
70 57%
Jun 28, 2015 phil_ii phil-
99 98%
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
100 93%
May 09, 2015 khanbaliq2
100 90%
Apr 30, 2015 junkielee
90 91%
Apr 28, 2015 acrolyne acrolyne
50 15%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
100 95%
Apr 16, 2015 cardsos01
80 95%
Apr 10, 2015 Atmosfear Atmosfear
3 38%
Mar 25, 2015 10kfilms
97 92%
Jan 29, 2015 LosWochos
87 52%
Jan 18, 2015 petcor80
75 27%
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
70 26%
Dec 30, 2014 Hallogallo Hallogallo
9 90%
Dec 03, 2014 Lonewolf2003
75 56%
Dec 02, 2014 erkmen erkmen
77 71%
Nov 01, 2014 Malcym
10 99%
Oct 24, 2014 sunsetparade sunsetparade
80 42%
Sep 07, 2014 PatsLondon Pats_London
100 99%
Sep 01, 2014 Glurr
100 83%
Aug 21, 2014 BaalMan
85 68%
Aug 20, 2014 denpa denpa
5 96%
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
90 93%
Jul 21, 2014 jphollow
94 75%
Apr 09, 2014 dijivehav
99 33%
Apr 07, 2014 fujigef
90 53%
Mar 30, 2014 Toke Za
100 98%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
100 98%
Jan 10, 2014 MMAlpha MMAlpha
75 54%
Dec 29, 2013 pitn
84 25%
Dec 23, 2013 Communicants Communicants
75 60%
Dec 04, 2013 HansLucas Hans_Lucas
92 94%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
90 96%
Nov 28, 2013 debaser1985
67 45%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
50 8%
Oct 20, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
60 76%
Aug 24, 2013 ColonelTigh
94 73%
Aug 21, 2013 Sane
80 78%
Aug 17, 2013 Ljusbus Ljusbus
9 88%
Aug 10, 2013 Barkinson
50 39%
Aug 10, 2013 nrm5
51 33%
Jul 24, 2013 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
90 90%
Jun 16, 2013 snallygaster snallygaster
82 91%
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
61 40%
Mar 30, 2013 Grimsrud
90 85%
Mar 25, 2013 valentins
30 6%
Mar 24, 2013 hereslucas lucbapt
97 94%
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80 70%
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92 88%
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97 99%
Feb 07, 2013 spinooza
95 87%
Jan 31, 2013 vishal8492 vishal8492
85 85%
Jan 19, 2013 Zeboim
80 95%
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
100 97%
Nov 29, 2012 lhm
84 45%
Nov 29, 2012 !nsomn!a
80 75%
Nov 01, 2012 Penajohnson
92 87%
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100 95%
Oct 23, 2012 Ronin21
94 98%
Sep 20, 2012 pinq09
3 44%
Jun 11, 2012 JM1138
93 99%
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
71 84%
May 30, 2012 mightysparks mightysparks
40 15%
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
98 99%
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90 71%
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90 96%
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93 90%
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94 90%
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100 99%
Jan 31, 2012 lucas_M lucas M.
97 88%
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
96 97%
Dec 28, 2011 GodlessNoble
95 98%
Dec 26, 2011 Lone_Wolf miller
6 49%
Dec 06, 2011 guilhermetc
95 95%
Nov 30, 2011 theyshoot11
79 56%
#425
Oct 15, 2011 nt_
90 74%
Oct 04, 2011 NRM03
71 74%
Oct 01, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
82 99%
Sep 28, 2011 cluster cluster
10 98%
Sep 26, 2011 laika laika
97 98%
Sep 13, 2011 thaklos thaklos
92 94%
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
80 79%
Jun 05, 2011 BFD31095 BFD31095
9 98%
May 11, 2011 hellin
10 81%
Apr 29, 2011 FallFoliage
75 81%
Apr 12, 2011 ericdupont ericdupont
95 95%
Apr 01, 2011 AICHEG AICHE
88 96%
Mar 18, 2011 trevitron trevitron
90 87%
Mar 17, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
85 81%
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
29 11%
Jan 11, 2011 Guilherme_R Guilherme R.
80 0%
Jan 06, 2011 Alexandru Alexandru
9 97%
Dec 30, 2010 Adrien Adrien
7 98%
Dec 30, 2010 IL I.L.
100 99%
Dec 15, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
88 97%
Dec 03, 2010 dmk dmk
82 80%
Dec 03, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
40 97%
"A Brighter Summer Day is itself in color, but it may as well be monochrome." - Ed Gonzalez
Oct 17, 2010 Infenso paah
70 57%
Aug 26, 2010 sceptre_777
70 64%
Aug 10, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
86 98%
Jul 18, 2010 micmac_ii micmac
75 76%
Apr 20, 2010 katsuben
7 99%
Mar 03, 2010 CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
80 84%
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
65 42%
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