A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.
A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.
Chang Chen Lisa Yang Chang Kuo-Chu Elaine Jin Chuan Wang Chang Han Chiang Hsiu-Chiung Stephanie Lai Wang Chi-tsan Lawrence Ko Tan Chih-Kang Chang Ming-Hsin Jung Chun-Lung Hui-Kuo Chou Hsiao-Tsui Tang Hung-Ming Lin Wang Bosen Hung-Yu Chen Hsu Ming Cho Ming Chen Shiang-Chyi Weiming Wang Chin Tsai Yi-Wen Chen Tang Ru-Yun Li-Mei Chen Ye-Ming Wang Lang Tsu-Yun
Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian, The Guling Street Youngster Murder Incident, 고령가 소년 살인 사건, Um Dia Quente de Verão
In one of the many expository "dream sequences" in Christopher Nolan's Inception, Leonardo DeCaprio's Cobb explains to Elliot Page's Ariadne that "Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." It's not only an accurate statement but one that applies just as beautifully to the world of the cinema. The lights go down, the audience tunes in, and the world painted across the silver screen is our everything. When the final shot cuts or fades and the credits start scrolling, the trance dissipates like a shock to the system. A truly great film allows every aspect of reality to reorganize while we're away, and when the real world…
This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.
A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads weaving gradually into the story, some exit before the end, others remain forever. This is a tale of music, love, injustice. A brick to the face, a desk in an empty room, a beating watched through a window. The cinematography…
"If a person apologizes for wrongs they didn't commit, then they are capable of anything terrible."
"Natural? You can't even tell real from fake."
If it's slowly becoming a cliche to call this film 'novelistic,' it is simply because it is true, as much as I would like to perversely dis-spell that notion (a truly self-destructive act!). Over 100 characters with speaking roles, this creates a density of details and interrelationships which serve as both a portrait of a culture (and/or diminishing culture with the beginnings of a new one) as well as a process of depersonalization borne from the desire for cultural identity. Xiao S'ir is at once a fully realized, developing character himself and a walking metaphor…
It's truly a shame that A Brighter Summer isn't better known because it's truly one of the greatest landmarks in modern cinema. It's about a lot of things at once, but Yang beautifully balances everything out. It's as intimate as a love story, but at the same time also as expansive as a historical film. Set in 1960s Taipei, the film is said to be based on a real incident that the director remembers from his school days when he was 13. It's a violent incident, which the film places in the context of the political environment in Taiwan at that time.
A Brighter Summer Day is nearly four hours long but it doesn't take it's lengthy running time for…
“Are you lonesome tonight?”
Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day is a film where everything and nothing happens all at once. An unrivalled artistic achievement in its magnitude and scope, the film encompasses adolescence, ideals, love, and anguish in a tender portrait of Taiwan's search for a collective identity. The film chronicles the exploits of the young and disillusioned Si’r, who is forced to attend night school after failing one of his classes; his family grows worried he will be influenced by the delinquents who also attend the school.
But the world of A Brighter Summer Day extends far beyond this almost superfluous plot description. Yang's 1960s Taiwan is vibrant and textured while losing none of its authenticity and realism.…
Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you.
But I'd rather go on hearing your lies
Than go on living without you.
Now the stage is bare and I'm standing there
With emptiness all around
And if you won't come back to me
Then make them bring the curtain down.
Second viewing, last seen 30 January 2000. (According to my log, I also saw High School that day. It's one of the shortest Wiseman films, but still, that's a whole lotta adolescent rebellion.) Wish I had a stronger case to make for my contrarian opinion, but the film's ostensible greatness is simply lost on me—what I saw, again, was four solid hours of maddeningly shapeless quasi-memoir, centered around a protagonist who never quite comes into focus and a mundane turf war between rival youth gangs. Chang Chen's appeal has always escaped me, even in movies I otherwise quite like (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Red Cliff); here, in his screen debut, he's such an empty vessel that Si'r's final act…
The western title for Yang’s most universally and all-embracing giant mammoth of a film is inspired by western culture: A Brighter Summer Day is taken from the lyrics of Elvis Presley's Are You Lonesome Tonight?. The original title is literally translated as Youngster Homicide Incident at Guling Street. Naturally, I would opt for referring to this film with its original language title, but the universal thematic content of this colossus ironically leads us to conclude that both titles/sides are irreparably coexistent. Both titles are relevant, one from the angle of the loss of cultural identity and the latter from the social perspective.
Youngster Homicide Incident at Guling Street justifies its length for its enormous array of socially concerning topics, and…
A slice-of-life drama that involves murders, this film combines elements of a paranoid thriller, a high school flick, a small town drama, a family drama, a gang crime story, and more into its languid runtime, depicting the complicated web of consequences, motivations, and relationships that fuels any community amplified by historical events (in this case, an influx of population). Yang uses both major historical events (said influx) and minor (memories from his past) to heighten this tale, and the heavy drama feels less sensational and more real because of it--that, and the down-to-earth performances. The murders, especially, are portrayed in a manner that does not separate them from any other scene, almost nonchalantly directed, so to speak, and that makes the film feel rooted in the humanity depicted rather than the Events.
Wow. For a film that’s four hours long that flew by. I’m glad I made the time to watch it in one sitting.
I didn’t expect the ending. I was literally just destroyed by that ending shot. The ending shot is perfect. The way they callback to those first few shots was amazing.
I made time for this film today and I’m glad I did.
This is one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen.
This is cinema.
The direction by Yang is just insanely good.
The opening shots of Si’r just sitting alone looked beautiful.
All the shots of the concerts looked amazing.
All the shots at the pool table looked amazing.
The shots of Xi’r and Ming just…
“No, we have all the time in the world.”
For the first hour or so I wasn't entirely engrossed in this film - though I was never bored. But slowly I became more and more involved in it and enraptured by it, small things suddenly mattered, felt personal and hit me hard, and by the end I was just at a loss for words and close to tears. I think I'll be thinking about this for weeks to come. An absolutely astounding piece of cinema and an instant fave. The runtime may seem daunting, but every damn minute is worth it by the end. Also, Elvis!
Not just a four-hour movie, but a four-hour movie that you'll likely have to watch a second time after you're caught off guard by the seemingly meandering directions it takes following a natural climax at the 2.5-hour mark (which will seem especially random if you're not familiar with the supposedly real-life story that the movie is based on).
I don't know how many people I'd actually recommend it to, but man, what a fascinating look into such a specific and unique time and place.
Seeing this in theater was pure joy.
simply an unbelievable achievement in filmmaking, I don’t even know what to say about it
I am stuck on how to rate this film. It has a solidly drained me emotionally and mentally as many points felt quite difficult to push myself through. The actual plot at times became undeniably convoluted and it may seem strange to say this but I really want to rewatch this four hour film to gain a deeper appreciation and love for everything I have experienced. The film truly mirrors life in all its incomprehensible chaos as so many different ideas and temptations fill our youthful brains and shape our identities however willing or unwilling we actually are. I was instantly taken into this film and at points it lost me but the beautiful exploration of culture mixing in Taiwan and the brutal truth of youth hits very hard. The last hour is obviously the best filmmaking ever.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Easily one of the best films I have ever seen. If you ever find yourself with a day or afternoon off and love cinema, I really do implore you to watch the four-hour cut of this film. It is truly four hours of some of the best stuff I have seen. This film really did justify its' runtime to me, it managed to cover so much and always stayed interesting. The plot never went in expected directions but everything felt so well set up or was illuminated perfectly in such natural ways later. There were so many well-fleshed-out or memorable characters to the point where everyone I saw throughout the film had some amount of personality. It's beautifully shot, well-acted…
An utterly brilliant film, it gets better every time I watch it.
No cell phone in sight. Just people living in the moment.
Love and violence shown through young eyes with the backdrop of 60's China.
Want a fast track course in becoming a film director? Watch this movie and take notes. During its near 4 hour running time, you'll find a perfect example of how to execute any kind of dramatic scene.
Dura 4 horas, más le valía que fuera una obra maestra. Y pues si, lo es.
Hay tantas cosas que siento al pensarla, una combinación de calidez pero también de melancolía y tristeza. Los personajes están solos, la cinematográfia refuerza ese sentimiento, siempre hasta el fondo, envueltos en el escenario, atrapados en su realidad.
Parecen saber lo que hacen y lo que sienten, pero no es así. Solo intentan vivir según su realidad. Estamos desesperados con conectar con alguien o con algo que creamos nuestros propios ídolos , ya sea una pandilla, una niña de tu escuela o incluso Elvis Presley.
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