A Brighter Summer Day sets out as a coming of age modern tale of youthful rebellion involving two sets of schoolboy street gangs – that is, the 217 Village Gang and the Little Park Gang – in early 1960s Taiwan. The central character is a kid named Si’r (Chen Chang) from the Little Park Gang. Si’r and his love affair with Ming (Lisa Yang) starts a chain of events that eventually leads to violence and murder. The restless and wild behaviour of the schoolboys cause turmoil in the adult world. The film slowly morphs from being a gangland drama into a nuanced portrait of a family in transition, struggling to adapt and survive in a new country after fleeing red China. This film is worth each minute..
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