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Edward Yang

A Brighter Summer Day (牯嶺街少年殺人事件)

Edition 2023
237' - 1991 - Crime, Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Mandarin, English
Director: Edward Yang Composer: Hongda Zhang With: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang
"Yang brings a melancholy tenderness to his recollections, filming intricately staged action in long takes of a rueful, contemplative reserve and bringing the past to life by way of closely observed objects - an American tape recorder, a radio from China, a Japanese sword, a flashlight stolen from the movie studio." - The New Yorker
The director's cut of just under four hours, which was never released in our country, is widely recognised as the masterpiece of Yi Yi's director, who died early. Yang starts from a true incident (a 14-year-old schoolmate stabbed his girlfriend to death in 1961) to paint an epic portrait of Taiwanese society breaking free from the influence of Japanese occupation to be colonised by another 'occupier': American pop culture. These two conflicting forces are also captured in the film's style: Yang is as much influenced by the contemplative mise-en-scène of Asian slow cinema as by the rhythm and dynamics of Western rock and teen culture. The thread running through the gossamer chronicle is the doomed love between a romantic adolescent and the sweetheart of the leader of a youth gang. His quest also reflects the identity crisis of a society in transition, aware of the isolation and looming shadow of mainland China.

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Edward Yang


Hongda Zhang


Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang


Hung Hung, Ming-tang Lai, Edward Yang, Alex Yang

Director of Photography

Hui-Kung Chang, Long-yu Li


Chen Bowen


Wei-yen Yu

Production studios

Yang & His Gang Filmmakers

More information


Mandarin, English

Countries of production





Edward Yang
In Our Time (1982), That Day, on the Beach (1983), Taipei Story (1985), The Terrorizers (1986), A Brighter Summer Day (1991), Likely Consequence (1992), A Confucian Confusion (1994), Mahjong (1996), Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000), The Wind (short, 2007)

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