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Edward Yang

A Brighter Summer Day (牯嶺街少年殺人事件)

Edition 1995
237' - 1991 - Crime, Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Mandarin, English
Director: Edward Yang Composer: Hongda Zhang With: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang
Based on Yang's adolescent memories, this elaborate, stylized and sensitive portrait of 1960 Taiwan evolves around a talented but self-centered student who refuses to compromise his moral standards with anyone - teachers, pals, parents or girlfriends. Yang observes the growing impact of American culture on local traditions and life under military dictatorship. The strict school discipline disintegrates once students leave their over crowded classes. They roam the streets and try to define their identity as they cope with macho inclinations, first romances, dreams of glory, pledges of friendship and the injustice of laws applied differently to the rich and to the poor.

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Edward Yang


Hongda Zhang


Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang


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

Director of Photography

Hui-Kung Chang, Long-yu Li


Chen Bowen


Wei-yen Yu

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Mandarin, English

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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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