A restored Taipei Story offers a fresh chance to discover the genius of Edward Yang

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The late Edward Yang’s 1985 film Taipei Story portrays a couple that has begun to drift apart: the white-collar and upwardly mobile Chin (pop star Tsai Chin, soon to marry the filmmaker), who is forced to quit her corporate job after being demoted to secretary; and her sad-sack boyfriend, Lung (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the…

Better late than never, the masterful A Brighter Summer Day comes to America

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War And Peace comes up more than once during the four-hour sprawl of A Brighter Summer Day. One of the film’s characters, a young gang leader named Honey, cites the famous Russian novel as his personal favorite—a detail that says plenty about how teenagers project the melodrama of their own lives onto grand fiction,…