A brighter summer day

Janus Films

DVD - 2016

Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, it is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager.

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Criterion collection ; 804.
Crime films
Romance films
Coming-of-age films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2016]
Three-DVD special edition ; DVD edition
Tai (Other)
Item Description
Title from container.
DVD release of the 1991 motion picture.
Special features: New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns ; new interview with actor Chen Chang ; Our time, our story a 117 min. documentary ; videotaped performance of Edward Yang's 1992 play Likely consequence ; essay.
Physical Description
2 v. (3 videodiscs) (236 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD ; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby digital mono.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Golden Horse Film Festival, 1991: Best Feature Film ; Best Original Screenplay (Edward Yang, Hung Hung, Alex Yang, Mingtang Lai)
Kinema Junpo Awards, 1993: Best Foreign Language Film Director (Edward Yang)
Nantes Three Continents Festival, 1991: Best director (Edward Yang)
Singapore International Film Festival, 1992: Best Director - Asian Feature Film (Edward Yang)
Tokyo International Film Festival, 1991: FIPRESCI Prize (Edward Yang) ; Special Jury Prize (Edward Yang)
Production Credits
Cinematography, Chang Hui-Kung, Li Long-Yu ; editor, Bowen Chen.
Corporate Author
Janus Films (production company)
Other Authors
Dechang Yang, 1947-2007 (screenwriter), Hongzhi Zhan (film producer), Wei Yan aYu (actor), Hong Hong, 1964- (film director), Shunqing Yang, 1965-, Mingtang Lai, Lisa Yang, Zhen Zhang, 1976 October 14-, Guozhu Zhang, 1937-, Elaine Jin, 1954-, Juan Wang, 1963 August 6-, Han Zhang, 1974-, Yulun Ke, 1977-, Bosen Wang, Juzhen Xiao, 1972-
  • [v. 1].
  • Disc 1.
  • Part one
  • [v. 2.]
  • Disc 2.
  • Part two
  • Disc 3.
  • Our time, our story.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang (Yi Yi), finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Conflict between the fourteen-year-old girlfriend of a gang member and the gang leader leads to tragic consequences.