Sunflower (2005)

  |  Drama, Romance

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Relationship between father and son on a background of Maoist regime in China in the mid-20th century. The father, a painter by profession, interned in a labor camp for "re-education" and ... See full summary »

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  • Sun Hai Yung
  • Yang Zhang at an event for Sunflower (2005)
  • Sun Hai Yung
  • Sun Hai Yung
  • Yang Zhang at an event for Sunflower (2005)

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Yang Zhang


Shangjun Cai, Xin Huo, Yang Zhang

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26 May 2008 | pamelala-1
| I loved this movie.
Sunflower is everything a first-rate film experience can be. It is a moving and wonderful story and beautiful to watch. It engaged me in every moment. The music is perfect, the casting and acting uniformly outstanding, the technical and aesthetic skills and intuitive choices of the writer, director and crew all add up to a superior artistic and emotional experience.

The story of the struggle between a son and his father is universal, (but not always limited to sons). The historical, familial and societal structure in which the action takes place are uniquely Chinese. It is a multi-leveled experience to watch; the deeply personal, the historical/societal and the universal. To one degree or another, we can all relate to or have engaged in behaviors that take place in the context of this story, with friends as well as family.

It is food for lingering thought and conversations about families, China, and how we are affected by the rapidly changing societies we live in.

It is, as the person who sat behind said on his way down the aisle, "Well, that's one of the best movies I'll ever see." I agree.

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Plot Summary


Drama | Romance


Release Date:

17 August 2007


Mandarin, English

Country of Origin

Hong Kong, China, Netherlands

Filming Locations

Beijing, China

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,195 (USA) (19 August 2007)


$23,307 (USA) (16 September 2007)

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