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"A Brighter Summer Day" sets out as a coming of age modern tale of youthful rebellion involving two sets of schoolboy street gangs - that is, the 217 Village Gang and the Little Park Gang - in early 1960s Taiwan. The central character is a kid named Si'r (Chen Chang) from the Little Park Gang. Si'r and his love affair with Ming (Lisa Yang) starts a chain of events that eventually leads to violence and murder. The restless and wild behaviour of the schoolboys cause turmoil in the adult world. The film slowly morphs from being a gangland drama into a nuanced portrait of a family in transition, struggling to adapt and survive in a new country after fleeing red China. This film is worth each minute... Edit Translation

  • English
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jul 27, 1991
  • Duration: 3 hr. 57 min.
  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 52 users)
  • Ranked: #2927
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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A Brighter Summer Day (1991) photo
A Brighter Summer Day (1991) photo


3 people found this review helpful
Sep 7, 2018
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Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
This film is a nearly four-hour epic by the masterful director, Edward Yang. Despite its length, the film does not drag but actually leaves you wanting more. 'A Brighter Summer Day' takes place during a turbulent time in 1960s Taiwan and follows a student named Xiao Si'r. It's interesting to see how his character develops throughout the movie, starting off a quiet bookworm, who eventually becomes involved with the street gangs of his neighborhood.

The movie has a sprawling cast and each character gets a fair bit of screentime. My favorite was Si'r's friend Cat, who sings Elvis songs. The English title of the movie is taken from a mistranslated line of Elvis's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". The movie's Taiwanese title "Youngster Homicide Incident at Guling Street" points to something more sinister, so fair warning. Overall, the movie is a good watch and I would recommend it to anyone, especially fans of Taiwanese movies.

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  • Movie: A Brighter Summer Day
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Release Date: Jul 27, 1991
  • Duration: 3 hr. 57 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 52 users)
  • Ranked: #2927
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 198

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