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Sunflower (Xiang ri kui)

Sunflower (Xiang ri kui) (2007)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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"Sunflower" is a powerful and touching look at the compelling inner dynamics of one post-Cultural Revolution family in Beijing and their struggle over 30 years to adjust to each other as the fabric, politics, and social mores of Chinese society change ever so rapidly. It spans the course of three decades--focusing on the years 1976, 1987 and 1999--in the lives of Zhang Gengnian and his son, Xiangyang.

Jun 10, 2008

Seville Pictures/New Yorker Films

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The film's father-son friction grows occasionally repetitious, but it springs from a sensitive, well-written melodrama that earns its emotions with tender sincerity.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Sunflower succeeds as both a moving family drama and a microcosm of China's social history since the 1970s.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Although filled with a plethora of dramatic events, including earthquakes and floods, the film never achieves real dramatic momentum, due in large part to its needlessly sluggish pacing.

September 10, 2007
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Like Douglas Sirk without the throw pillows, Sunflower is a shamelessly old-fashioned melodrama performed with such sincerity that resistance is futile.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Paging John O'Hara. One would have to reach back to those melodramatic family potboilers of the '50s to find such an unfettered blast of guilt-tripping and misdirected love.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Sunflower plays less like the epic it aspires to be than an episode of Full House: Beijing.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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An odd combination of sociopolitical metaphor and conventional melodrama, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yang's Sunflower has moments of keen insight and power touching on the ways in which human character and personality are shaped by historical experience.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

There is so much going on in Sunflower that you may want to see it more than once.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Whatever the movie lacks in sociopolitical insight, it makes up for with moving storytelling.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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A much better film in theory than in practice.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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A fascinating portrait of 30 years in a turbulent relationship between a domineering Chinese father and his stubborn son.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This film marks a return to more accessible fare for Chinese director Zhang Yang.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Audience Reviews for Sunflower (Xiang ri kui)

[b][size=5][color=brown]向日葵 - SUNFLOWER (SUNCOKRET) (2005)[/color]

[color=red][i]Ova drama iz Kine u re?iji Zhang Yang-a (SHOWER) ide u detalje analizirajući ?ivot kineske porodice u vreme kulturne revolucije i prvog dela XX veka.


Odrastanje dečaka koji ima problema prihvatiti oca koji se vraća sa odslu?enja kazne je tema koja polako prelazi u odrastanje i shvatanje okoline veoma talentovanog tinejd?era koji ne ?eli ići stopama svoga oca.

Ali sudbina je ipak ona koja odlučuje kuda dalje...


Suncokret (na kineskom 向日葵; i na pinyin: XiÓng rý k˙i) je četvrti film re?isera Zhang Yang-a i rađen je u ko-produkciji sa Ming Productions, Beijing Film Studio i Hong Kong?kim predstavni?tvom holandske kompanije Fortissimo Films.


Film je podeljen u tri glavna dela, prvi se de?ava 1976 godine sa povratkom umetnika Gengniana svojoj porodici ; drugi deo se de?ava 1987 kada Xiangyang (to bi trebalo značiti "suncokret" koliko sam ja razumeo) ima 19 godina i treći deo se de?ava 1999 godine, kada je dečaku već 30 godina.


Glavne zvezde filma su Sun Haiying i Joan Chen kao mu? i ?ena, a uloge sina u raznim godi?tima (fiml se bavi razdobljem od 30 godina) tumače glumci Zhang Fan, Gao Ge i Wang Haidi.

Veoma lepo umetničko delo koje posebnu pa?nju posvećuje ljubavi i nemogućnosti da se ona jasno izrazi u datim trenucima.

Moja je ocena 7/10 i rado preporučujem ovaj film svim generacijama.[/i][/color][/b]
April 11, 2009
Panta Oz

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A wonderful film! Yang Zhang has produced a masterpiece.
June 23, 2008
John Ballantine

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Chinese drama about a father, returned from 6 years in a work camp, and his son, who's going to be an artist like dad whether he likes it or not. Interesting, and no doubt fully approved by the Chinese government.
March 12, 2011
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