This film is scored by Quincy Jones with the title song performed by Ray Charles, is edited by Hal Ashby, shot by Haskell Wexler and stars Sidney Poitier. It cements itself as a tight film even before we start talking about the plot, which—much like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner—is dated, but I feel like both are important films made at a perfect time and wouldn't work otherwise. In the Heat of the Night won Best Picture in 1968 so Driving Miss Daisy and Green Book wouldn't have to, but oh well, this just hows how far the Academy has come I guess.
The commentary by Tony Rayns which accompanies the Criterion Collection release of this film must be one of the best commentaries ever recorded. When most regular commentaries rarely go further than explaining the plots of their films, this one is a masterclass in Taiwanese history and the New Taiwanese Cinema, with the focus being obviously on Edward Yang himself.
A longtime friend of Yang, Rayns takes us through the entire production of the film, reading excerpts of their correspondence, explaining…