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A Brighter Summer Day | Edward Yang

January 21, 2014

Edward Yang has often been lumped in with the “slow cinema” of his Taiwanese compatriot, Hou Hsiao-hsien. And it’s true that Yang’s 2000 film, Yi Yi, moves quite slowly, basking in wide shots and long takes, and impressing upon the viewer a deliberate, contemplative tempo. But that film represents a logical maturation of the relatively livelier A Brighter Summer Day, Yang’s 1991 magnum opus. This four-hour film revolves around the misadventures that lead to the first juvenile…

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