A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day ★★★★

Impressive epic with novelistic reach and a lived-in, experiential punch. The deliberate, nuanced storytelling and intimacy surrounding this 1960s Taiwanese family makes its absolute backbreaker of an ending sting with unusual force. As someone only marginally familiar with Taipei’s history, that was a kick in the throat. Yang’s final shot is an all-timer, a wordless expression of unimaginable loss.

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