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Sunflower is the story of the Zhang family in Beijing father, mother and son across three decades, centering on the tensions and misunderstandings between father and son. Nine-year-old Xiangyang is having the time of his life, free of adult supervision until the day he meets the father he can hardly remember. Having spent years away, he returns with strong ideas about his son learning to draw. But Xiangyang chafes under his father's constant rules and soon stages his own revolution against the lessons enforced.
Years later, despite his rebellion, Xiangyang has become an accomplished draughtsman. But he still dreams of escaping his father's clutches, having no idea how far his father will go to control his life.
Married and with a burgeoning career as a painter, the worst-ever conflict erupts as Xiangyang informs his parents that they have decided to abort their child. Suddenly, Xiangyang's father disappears. A frantic search finds a message: The time has come to do something for himself.
- Featurette: The Making of Sunflower
- Theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles
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- 5.1 Soundtrack
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Explores the tension between tradition and modernity with insight and intimacy. --Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Joan Chen (is) REMARKABLE. A commanding performance by Sun Haiying. --Derek Elley, VARIETY
A STIRRING and worthwhile experience. --Eric Monder, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
A spectacular story. I use it in teaching Elementary Chinese as part of the cultural content of my course.Published 9 months ago by Dr. Christopher M. Minio
Set in Mao`s China, Zhang Yang`s "Sunflower" is a tender and touching family drama that spans five decades, from 1967 to 2000. Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Roland E. Zwick