in about 100 words or less
Taiwan 237m, Colour
Director: Edward Yang; Cast: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Kuo-Chu, Elaine Jin, Wong Chizan, Lawrence Ko, Tan Zhigang, Lin Hung-ming
A Brighter Summer Day is a long, violent and complex coming of age drama set in Taiwan during the early 1960s amidst an influx of Chinese immigrants and a period of strong Western cultural influence. The story is centered on Xiao Si’r, a troubled teenager whose involvement in street gangs sends him on a downward spiral of delinquency. The film’s shocking conclusion, which is based on a real life incident known as “The Homicide Incident of the Boy on Guling Street”, is a highly disturbing senseless act that should have been reached in ninety minutes or less (Klaus Ming September 2016).