In Yi Yi, a character comments that "movies give us twice what we get from daily life." A Brighter Summer Day fits neatly into that philosophy.
It's an immersive film that lets you experience -- not just watch -- a life that is not your own. You spend four hours as part of a Taiwanese family striving for stability amidst a world of chaos, senseless violence, and adults who never were children. Through Xiao Si'r, his family, and the Little Park Boys, Yang tests the boundaries between love and disgust, between tenderness and violence.