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Sunflower (2007)



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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.


Joan Chen
as '''Xiuqing'''
Sun Haiyung
as Gengnian (Father)
Zhang Fan
as Xiangyang (9 Years Old)
Liu Zi Feng
as Lio Lau
Ge Gao
as Xiangyang (19 Years Old)
Sun Hai-ying
as '''Zhang Gengnian'''
Wang Haidi
as Xiangyang (32 Years Old)
Jing Liang
as Han Jing (Xiangyang's Wife)
Zhang Yu
as Yu Hong
Li Bin
as Chicken Droppings (19 Years Old)
Hong Yihao
as '''Chicken Droppings'''
Li Yeping
as Horn Li
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Critic Reviews for Sunflower

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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

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
Top Critic

Sunflower plays less like the epic it aspires to be than an episode of Full House: Beijing.

August 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sunflower

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
Lesley N

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer


A wonderful film! Yang Zhang has produced a masterpiece.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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