#8. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)


Yang & His Gang Filmmakers

– Director: Edward Yang

– Stacker score: 95.1

– Metascore: 90

– IMDb user rating: 8.4

– Runtime: 237 minutes

This Taiwanese coming-of-age film, set in the 1960s, is about a group of disaffected teenage boys, American rock and roll music, and murder. Ultimately, “A Brighter Summer Day” is a true-crime film. Writing for The New York Times, A.O. Scott says of the film, “In every aspect of technique—from the smoky colors and the bustling, off-center compositions to the architecture of the story and the emotional precision of the performances—this film is a work of absolute mastery.”