Adolescent innocence in A Brighter Summer Day

Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special got us thinking about Edward Yang’s early ’90s romantic comedy.


Adam Cook


From the comical opening sequence of Edward Yang’s newly restored 1991 masterwork, A Brighter Summer Day, set in 1960s Taipei: two boys, including the main character S’ir, spy from the scaffolding of a low rent film studio adjacent to their school and catch a glimpse of an actress changing before one of them drops a book, attracting the angry attention of the director below. A humorous instance of adolescent innocence, this scene also anticipates a theme of the protagonist’s understanding, and interaction with, reality.

Published 6 Apr 2016

Tags: Chinese Cinema

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