by Edward Yang (1991), at Melnitz Movies
Melnitz Movies is proud to present the Los Angeles debut of the new World Cinema Foundation restoration of Edward Yang’s 1991 masterpiece, A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY!
Gangsters, musicians, lovers, and street punks populate the gorgeous frames of Edward Yang’s portrait of coming of age—or trying to—in the politically charged Taiwan of the 1960s. While the streets of Taipei were still rocked by conflicts between Mainlanders and Islanders, for young Xiao Si’r (Zhang Zhen, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Red... Cliff) they also resonate with the sounds of Elvis Presley and rock-and-roll, and with the promise of love and escape. Giving as much detail to the quiet, languid interludes of a teenager’s life as to its more hectic moments, Yang creates a powerful, novelistic vision of a generation’s lives, loves, and dreams, dizzying in detail and scope, yet as ethereal and moving as a poem. (Jason Sanders, BAM/PFA)
"A powerful statement from Yang's generation about what it means to be Taiwanese...it has a novelistic richness of character, setting, and milieu unmatched by any other 90s film." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER
Director: Edward Yang
Starring: Zhang Zhen, Lisa Yang, Hongming Lin
Screenwriters: Hung Hung, Mingtang Lai, Alex Yang, Edward Yang
Cinematographers: Huigoing Li, Longyu Zhang
Print provided by Cineteca di Bologna
In Mandarin with English subtitles
DigiBeta, 237 minutes
Sponsor(s): Melnitz Movies, UCLA Graduate Student Association
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