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  • Summary: When Xiangyang's father, Gengnian, gets out of prison, he is determined teach his child to live a virtuous lifestyle. But his overbearing rules drive a wedge between him and his son that will last a lifetime.
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  1. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    Sunflower succeeds as both a moving family drama and a microcosm of China's social history since the 1970s.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    With a commanding performance by Sun Haiying as the unbending, ornery father, and a glammed-down Joan Chen remarkable as the boy's devoted mom, pic serves up solid dramatic values instead of being yet another panorama of social and political changes in China during the late 20th century.
  3. Like Douglas Sirk without the throw pillows, Sunflower is a shamelessly old-fashioned melodrama performed with such sincerity that resistance is futile.
  4. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    As father and son argue and reunite every few minutes, accompanied by veeery slow violin music, Sunflower plays less like the epic it aspires to be than an episode of "Full House: Beijing."
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  1. Mar 11, 2012
    Good theme, good pace/plot, favoring color tone. LIKELIKELIKE.

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  2. JohnN.
    Sep 18, 2007
    A willful and domineering man imposes his opinions of what is right on his wife and son making their lives miserable. Only in his lonely old age does he realize what a bad husband and father he had been and that he never expressed his love to them. A beautifully made film that made me angry and sad. Zhang Yue is very special. Expand