Go Behind the Scenes of the 4K Restoration of Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day
Yi Yi, the first of Edward Yang’s films to receive distribution in the United States (in 2000), was also his last before the revered Taiwanese filmmaker died in 2007.
Still, Yang’s 1991 epic A Brighter Summer Day, managed to find a fan base in the U.S. though it was available for decades only in abridged form on low-quality home video.
In March, after an arduous restoration effort that spanned years, The Criterion Collection released A Brighter Summer Day on Blu-ray and DVD. Back in 2011, the restored work was screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and in other limited engagements, but it has otherwise been difficult to see…until now.
The Criterion Collection recently posted a video (which you can see above), which takes viewers behind the scenes of the restoration work that was spearheaded by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Now you can see the film’s original rich colors and exquisite composition as it was meant to be seen.