Okay, I watched a film recently I spoke about on my Letterboxd account, which is basically a app that allows you to track what movies you see and write your score and thoughts on the movie, but now that I have a instagram, I’ll post a bit about it here. If you don’t know, A Brighter Summer Day is a 1991 four hour masterpiece by the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang. It’s pretty much about this young Chinese teenager in Taiwan who’s involved in this gang war, as well as his family and his life, including the girl he falls in love with. It’s a very grand and epic story, but it manages to be so close and personal to the characters in the story. It’s perfectly done in every regard, and holds such a delicacy and honesty in what it portrays that it almost makes you forget you’re watching a movie. I feel as though it’s also a highly interpretable film, as I view it similarly to a lot of people as just a expression of growing up in this time and place, as well as being about the westernization and globalization of Taiwan and Asian countries. It’s beautifully shot, with noteworthy examples being the reflective shot of two characters speaking with only their hazy silhouettes being shoe. The gang attack almost entirely in the dark is also excellent, with a great sense of chaos and confusion. Every performance is beautifully done and nuanced, with Chang Chen being fantastic in the main role. The film remains timely nowadays despite being made 37 years ago and taking place around 50 years prior. It’s a beautiful, interesting, complex story and I highly recommend you check it out. The runtime is daunting, but the time flies past, and you can split the film into two viewings if you please. One of my favorite films of all time.