A Brighter Summer Day (Guling jie shaonian sharen shijian)

Set in early 1960s Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. Edward Yang’s patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Chang Chen, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock ’n’ roll, and political turmoil. Among the most praised, sought-after titles in contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema is both sprawling in scope and filled with tender intimacy.

Digital restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the Central Motion Picture Corporation, and the Edward Yang Estate.

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Lois Chiles; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

A Brighter Summer Day (Guling jie shaonian sharen shijian)

Directed by Edward Yang
(Taiwan, 1991, 237 minutes, in in Mandarin, Min Nan, Shanghainese, and English with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater, digital restoration


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