Brighter Summer Day (aka Yi Yi): Edward Yang’s Taiwanese Masterpiece

This singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed in 1991 by Edward Yang (best known in the West for Yi Yi), finally comes to home video in the US.

Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation.

A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, sharply observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency.

The tale is set against a backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • New interview with actor Chen Chang
  • Our Time, Our Story,a 117-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, among others
  • Videotaped performance of director Edward Yang’s 1992 play Likely Consequence
  • New English subtitle translation
  • A 1991 director’s statement by Yang

Running time: 237 minutes

Color

In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles

1.85:1 aspect ratio