Sunflower (2007)

Sunflower
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 2hr 9mins.
Genres Drama, Action, Foreign
Keywords political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Joan Chen Actor Zhang Xiuqing 1 1000001
Sun Haiyang Actor Zhang Gengnian 1 1000002
Zhang Fan Actor Xiangyang at age 9 1 1000004
Gao Ge Actor Xiangyang at age 19 1 1000005
Wang Haidi Actor Xiangyang at age 32 1 1000006
Zhang Yue Actor n/a 1 1000008
Hong Yihao Actor n/a 1 1000009
Li Bin Actor n/a 1 1000010
Li Yeping Actor n/a 1 1000011
Zhang Yang Director n/a 2 2000001
Peter Loehr Producer n/a 3 3000001
Han Sanping Producer n/a 3 3000002
Yang Buting Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Michael Werner Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Wouter Barendrecht Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Jiang Tao Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000006
Cai Shangjun Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Zhang Yang Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Huo Xin Screenplay n/a 120778 4000003
Er Yong Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Jiakun Zhang Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Li Haibin Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Lin Hai Music n/a 120781 8000001
An Bin Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Huang Xin Ming Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Xiang Honghui Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Wu Lala Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Jiang Peng Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Synopsis
In the years leading up to 1976, when The Cultural Revolution and the reign of the notorious 'Gang of Four' were coming to an end, Zhang Gengnian was an absentee father. Condemned to spending six years in a rural 'Cadre School' -- a labor camp where he was to be politically "reeducated" -- Gengnian missed Xiangyang's formative years. At nine-years-old, Xiangyang is having the time of his life. Nearly free of adult supervision, he spends his days mischievously roaming the streets. Gengnian, however, has his own idea about the direction that his son's life should take and, now that he's been released, he's determined to make up for lost time. Most particularly, he wants Xiangyang to learn to draw, but it isn't long before Xiangyang starts to chafe under his father's constant rules and orders, quickly giving rise to tensions between father and son that won't soon go away. By 1987, Xiangyang has become an accomplished draughtsman, but his conflicts with his father seem set in stone. While he dreams of escaping his father's clutches by running away with his girlfriend to Guangzhou, Xiangyang remains stuck at home, forced to study for the university entrance exams. Xiangyang has no idea how far his father will go to control his life in the name of "what's best" for him, although he'll one day discover the hurtful truth that his parents have taken away the one thing that was truly his. Twelve years later, Beijing has become a new city, with redevelopment projects stretching to the horizon and demolition of the last remaining alleyways and courtyard housing in progress. Xiangyang has married a girl named Han Jing and his burgeoning career as a painter is about to take off with a big solo exhibition of his work. However an unplanned pregnancy that both Han Jing and Xiangyang are determined to abort leaves Gengnian reeling. Erupting over his son's "selfish" decision to deny him a grandchild, Gengnian fails to appear at the opening of Xiangyang's exhibition. Days later Xiangyang does find his father secretly visiting the exhibition and praising his work, but Gengnian soon disappears, leaving behind only a revelatory audio tape for his son.