The Films of Edward Yang: A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day

Taiwan | 1991 | 237 min. | Edward Yang

April 2 - 14, 2024

The Films of Edward Yang

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. New 4K restoration.

Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang is finally available for US audiences. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil.

  • Original Language Title: 牯嶺街少年殺人事件
  • Director: Edward Yang
  • Principal Cast: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Kuo-Chu, Elaine Jin, Wang Chuan, Chang Han
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 237 min.
  • Producer: Yu Wei-yen, Chan Hung-tse, Edward Yang
  • Screenplay: Hung Hung, Lai Ming-tnag, Edward Yang, Alex Yang, Yan Hong-ya
  • Cinematographers: Chang Hiu-kung, Li Long-yu
  • Editors: Po-Wen Chen
  • Music: Hongda Zhang
  • Filmography: YI YI, Taipei Story
  • Language: Mandarin