Gu ling jie shaonian sharen shijian
A Brighter Summer Day
Directed by Edward Yang
I tried to give this one a shot, but I knew I was fighting a losing battle. Four hours and I can only point to about two things that happened. Only one of those things was interesting.
Man, I really do not feel like writing a plot synopsis for this one. As I said, only a couple things happen of note, so I am not sure what would constitute as a spoiler. Basically, the film is a coming of age story following a group of teenagers in Taiwan. The most startling parts of the movie were when a young Taiwanese boy would sing rock and roll songs in a high pitched register. It was...endearing. And decidedly strange.
Apparently, there were over 100 amateur actors involved in this movie. While no one was absolutely awful, a lot of them didn't have much of a screen presence. I also think this is a case of the culture gap being just a bit too wide; I had never heard of the crime this film was based on, so really didn't have a lot of interest in the story.
Definitely a dull four hours, although I guess I shouldn't complain. We have Satantango coming up.
Based on a true story.