"“I look at them on the rewind.”
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…
A true avant-garde masterpiece. It's hard to believe that this was made by a 20-something novelist who never completed another feature. This is silent cinema at its most experimental. There is a narrative of sorts about a man and a couple of women lost at sea in a rowboat but it's poetically linked together with all sorts of flashbacks. Really glad this film has been restored.