Archive for November 21st, 2009

brighter summer day 1

(Taiwan 1991 237m) not on DVD

Aka. Guling Jie Shaonian Sha Ren Shijan

Love is not fun and games

p  Yu Welyan  d  Edward Yang  w  Edward Yang, Yan Hongya, Yang Shunqing, Lai Mingtang  ph  Zhang Hulgong, Li Longyu  ed  Chen Bowen  art  Yu Welyan, Edward Yang 

Liu Zhiming (Ming), Zhang Zhen (Xiao S’ir), Zhang Guozhu (Zhang Ju), Elaine Jin (Mrs Zhang), Wang Juan (Juan), Zhang Han (Lao Er), Jiang Xiuqiong (Qiong), Lai Fanyun (Yun),

It’s fair enough to say that, up until the mid eighties, Taiwanese cinema was generally supposed to be pretty much summed up in the martial arts spectaculars of King Hu.  Then along came Hou Hsiao-Hsien, an eclectic and sometimes impenetrable director who gave his nation’s cinema its own identity.  Yet despite Hou’s unforgettable The Time to Live and the Time to Die, it was left to his compatriot, Edward Yang, to make what I consider the greatest of all Taiwanese works, A Brighter Summer Day. (more…)


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