"Sunflower" and Modern China Film Review

"Sunflower" and Modern China
An analysis of the Chinese movie "Sunflower", directed by Zhang Yang.
# 120431 | 887 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 15, 2010 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Asian Studies (General)

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The paper examines the 2005 Chinese cinematic production of "Sunflower" that is a fictional and dramatic portrayal of a dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son. The paper shows how the movie's director, Zhang Yang, masterfully interweaves this family struggle with China's multi-reformations spanning the years 1976 through 2000. The paper also notes the abortion issue that is depicted in two segments of the film.

From the Paper:

"As the back drop of China's history cleverly progresses along with the family trials and tribulations, China's culture is documented, not in a distracting way, but more of an informative and insider's view of the days of Chairman Mao to modernization. Director Zhang, in discussing his movie, stated he was making a movie of his own life and the way he saw China develop during the same period of years in which he was raised. The director also discussed the influence on the movie with his strained relationship with his own father. Many of the key actors in the film were not born in or raised during the various revolutions of the period and found many of the social depictions they had to portray alien and unfamiliar. From the types of home-made toys to children's games, shown in the movie, the young actors portraying the growth of the son were unaware this kind of earlier culture defining once again China's progression into modernization."

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