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  • Summary: A young man living in China during the 60s explores his rebellious inclinations and becomes entangled with a dangerous street gang that results in juvenile homicide.
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  1. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Nov 22, 2011
    100
    It's in his generous, objective use of long shots and spare but startling close-ups that we see once again the influence of Robert Altman in Yang's aesthetic and the struggle of the Taiwanese people to accept their history. In essence, Yang uses his aesthetic to bring into the light that which is dark.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 25, 2011
    90
    It is a crowded, complex crime story that is also a tale of sexual awakening and an understated exercise in kitchen-sink realism. In short - or rather at mesmerizing, necessary length - this film has everything, and is well worth a day of your life.
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  1. Jun 15, 2014
    9
    A 228 minutes saga from the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang (Yi Yi 2000, 10/10; A CONFUCIAN’S CONFUSION 1994, 8/10), A BRIGHTER SUMMERA 228 minutes saga from the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang (Yi Yi 2000, 10/10; A CONFUCIAN’S CONFUSION 1994, 8/10), A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, whose literal translation of its original Chinese title is “The Murder Incident of the Boy on Guling Street”, is based on a true event in the 1960s, a 14-year-old boy murdered his 13-year-old girlfriend, and became the first juvenile offender served in jail since millions of mainland Chinese retreated to Taiwan in 1949 after the civil war.

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