Sunflower

2005, Drama, 2h 9m

13 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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When Chairman Mao dies, many men jailed during his regime are released, including artist Zhang Gengnian (Sun Haiying), who comes back to his wife, Xiuqing (Joan Chen), and son, Xiangyang (Zhang Fan), after a long absence. There is unease in the family home, though, as Xiangyang is mistrustful of the father he barely knows and Gengnian is no longer able to paint after years of forced labor. Xiangyang begins to excel at art, which could either bring him closer to his father or widen the schism.

Cast & Crew

Zhang Fan
9 Year Old Xiangyang
Gao Ge
19 Year Old Xiangyang
Wang Haidi
30 Year Old Xiangyang
Liang Jing
Xiangyang's wife
Yang Buting
Executive Producer
Jong Lin
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Sunflower

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (4)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sunflower succeeds as both a moving family drama and a microcosm of China's social history since the 1970s.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • A much better film in theory than in practice.

    August 17, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sunflower succeeds as both a moving family drama and a microcosm of China's social history since the 1970s.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • 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…
  • There is so much going on in Sunflower that you may want to see it more than once.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sunflower

  • Mar 12, 2011
    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.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2009
    [b][size=5][color=brown]向日葵 - SUNFLOWER (SUNCOKRET) (2005)[/color] [/size] [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/94/Sunflower_Poster.jpg/200px-Sunflower_Poster.jpg[/img] [color=red][i]Ova drama iz Kine u režiji Zhang Yang-a (SHOWER) ide u detalje analizirajući život kineske porodice u vreme kulturne revolucije i prvog dela XX veka. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1185558/photo_02_hires.jpg[/img] Odrastanje dečaka koji ima problema prihvatiti oca koji se vraća sa odsluženja kazne je tema koja polako prelazi u odrastanje i shvatanje okoline veoma talentovanog tinejdžera koji ne želi ići stopama svoga oca. Ali sudbina je ipak ona koja odlučuje kuda dalje... [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1185558/photo_01_hires.jpg[/img] Suncokret (na kineskom 向日葵; i na pinyin: Xiàng rì kúi) je četvrti film režisera Zhang Yang-a i rađen je u ko-produkciji sa Ming Productions, Beijing Film Studio i Hong Kongškim predstavništvom holandske kompanije Fortissimo Films. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1185558/photo_03_hires.jpg[/img] Film je podeljen u tri glavna dela, prvi se dešava 1976 godine sa povratkom umetnika Gengniana svojoj porodici ; drugi deo se dešava 1987 kada Xiangyang (to bi trebalo značiti "suncokret" koliko sam ja razumeo) ima 19 godina i treći deo se dešava 1999 godine, kada je dečaku već 30 godina. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1185558/photo_05_hires.jpg[/img] Glavne zvezde filma su Sun Haiying i Joan Chen kao muž i žena, a uloge sina u raznim godištima (fiml se bavi razdobljem od 30 godina) tumače glumci Zhang Fan, Gao Ge i Wang Haidi. Veoma lepo umetničko delo koje posebnu pažnju 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]
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2007
    A wonderful film! Yang Zhang has produced a masterpiece.
    John B Super Reviewer

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