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Title A brighter summer day = Une belle journée d'été / directed by Edward Yang ; produced by Yu Weiyan Yang ; screenplay by Hung Hung, Lai Mingtang, Alex Yang, Edward Yang.

Published Taiwan : MK2, 1991.


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Guling Jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (Motion picture)
Physical description 1 videodisc (228 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
Performers Cast: Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Kuo-Chu, Elaine Jin.
Summary Set in 1960s Taipei, the film is based on a real incident that the director remembers from his school days when he was 13. The original Chinese title, 牯嶺街少年殺人事件, translates literally as "The Murder Incident of the Boy on Guling Street", referring to the 14-year-old son of a civil servant who murders his girlfriend, who was also involved with a teenaged gang leader, for unclear reasons. The gang leader and girlfriend are involved in the conflict between gangs of children of formerly-mainland families and those of Taiwanese families. The film places the murder incident in the context of the political environment in Taiwan at that time. The film's political background is introduced in intertitles thus: Millions of Mainland Chinese fled to Taiwan with the National Government after its civil war defeat by the Chinese Communists in 1949. Their children were brought up in an uneasy atmosphere created by the parents' own uncertainty about the future. Many formed street gangs to search for identity and to strengthen their sense of security.
Original Version Originally produced: Taiwan : ICA, Jane Balfour Films, Yang & His Gang Filmmakers, 1991.
System notes DVD.
Language notes In Chinese with English and chinese subtitles.
Other author Yang, Dechang, 1947-2007, director, screenwriter.
Yang, Lisa, actor.
Zhang, Zhen, 1976 October 14- actor.
Zhang, Guozhu, 1937- actor.
Jin, Yanling, actor.
Jane Balfour Films, production company.
Yang & His Gang Filmmakers, production company.
MK2 Productions, issuing body.
Subject Gangs -- Taiwan -- Drama.
Motion pictures, Chinese -- Taiwan.
Feature films -- Taiwan.
Variant Title Belle journée d'été