A Brighter Summer Day

Event Date: February 1, 2011 - 7:30pm

Location: James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA

Los Angeles debut of the World Cinema Foundation restoration of Edward Yang's masterpiece!

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

"Many films take historical instability as their theme and many more deal with the cross-cultural migrations of pop artifacts, but one would be hard pressed to come up with any that do both on the scale and with the intricate orchestration that Yang manages here." - Andrew Schenker, SLANT

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

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