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A Brighter Summer Day Blu Ray

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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 Blu-ray. 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, patiently observed epic centres 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, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 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 PLUS: An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director's statement by Yang Click Images to Enlarge

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Edward Yang directs this Taiwanese crime drama about innocent youth Xiao Si'r (Chen Chang) who sets out on a voyage of discovery after falling in with a gang that takes away his innocence and replaces it with juvenile delinquency. When his parents can no longer afford to send him to day school, Si'r is moved to the evening school where he quickly finds himself in the middle of two rival gangs: the Little Park Boys and the 217s. When he develops feelings for Ming (Lisa Yang), the girlfriend of the Little Park Boys' leader Honey (Hung-Ming Lin), Si'r must put aside any thoughts of his own happiness if he wishes to stay on Honey's good side and progress in the gang.

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