Mark and Aaron are joined by Scott Nye to hash out the intricate themes, history, and nuance of Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. Given the length and depth of the film, we explored it in detail, distilling the cultural and societal clashes that took place in a pivotal period of Chinese and Taiwanese history. We also compare it to what is considered Yang’s other masterpiece, Yi Yi, and we touch on the New Taiwanese Cinema movement.
Episode Links & Notes
0:00 – Hello and Welcome Scott
2:25 – Scott’s Criterion Connection
5:10 – Film School in a Cast
8:00 – A Brighter Summer Day
25:00 – Spoiler Warning
1:14:45 – Ratings. No spoilers.
- Facebook Photo Album
- David Bordwell – A Brighter Summer Day: Yang and His Gangs
- Aaron West on Yi Yi
- YesAsia Taiwan New Cinema box
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- Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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