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Taiwan
1991, 237 min

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation

  124 Friday 20/8 15:00 Small Hall
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The late Taiwanese’s masterwork is an epic tale charting the descent of a head-strong teenage boy from his seemingly orderly, middle-class life to juvenile delinquency. Set in Taipei in 1959, A Brighter Summer Day is an incessive study of displacement and loss of identity; a scorching coming-of-age story set against colossal political events, all laced with the director’s signature empathy.


Synopsis

The late Taiwanese’s masterwork is an epic tale charting the descent of a head-strong teenage boy from his seemingly orderly, middle-class life to juvenile delinquency. Set in Taipei in 1959, a decade after Mao’s communist party conquered Mainland China to render the independent Taiwan a hotbed for the raging cold war between the Chinese and the Americans, A Brighter Summer Day is an incessive study of displacement and loss of identity; a scorching coming-of-age story set against colossal political events; and an affectionate reverie of Yang’s teenhood – all laced with the director’s signature empathy. At 237 minutes, A Brighter Summer Day is by turns intimate and grand; violent and gentle; nostalgic and sober-minded; and a testament to the genius of one of cinema’s greatest luminaries.

Joseph Fahim

Restored in 2009 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with Central Motion Picture Corporation and the Edward Yang Estate. Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, Qatar Museum Authority. Scan performed at Digimax laboratories in Taipei.

About the director

Edward Yang - b. Yang Dechang (1947, Shanghai, China – 2007, Beverly Hills, California). Selected filmography: In Our Time (1982), That Day, on the Beach (1983), Taipei Story (1985), The Terrorizers (1986), A Brighter Summer Day (1991), A Confucian Confusion (1994), Mahjong (1996), Yi Yi (1999).

Contacts

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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation
   
Director: Edward Yang
Screenplay: Hung Hung, Lai Ming-tang, Edward Yang, Alex Yang
Dir. of Photography: Huigong Li, Longyu Zhang
Music: Hongda Zhang
Editor: Bo-wen Chen
Producer: Yu Wei-yen, Jan Hung-tze, Edward Yang
Production: Yang & His Gang, Filmmakers, Jane Balfour Films
Cast: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Kuo-chu, Elaine Jin
Contact: Cineteca di Bologna
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