★★★★☆

 

Unreleased in the West since its 1991 release, Edward Yang’s historical epic A Brighter Summer Day is finally available through the Criterion Collection. For cinephiles and connoiseurs of East Asian cinema alike, this gorgeous, stately and moving landmark in Taiwainese filmmaking has undoubtedly been worth the wait.

Firmly rooted in the political context of its 1961 Taiwan setting, and at an uncompromising 4-hour running time, A Brighter Summer Day is not for the faint-hearted, yet its rewards are manifold.

A Brighter Summer Day is out now on DVD and Blu Ray as part of the Criterion Collection. For the full review, head over to CineVue.

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