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Tian guo ni zi (1994)

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Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.


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Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 May 1996 (Netherlands)  »

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Traitorous Prince  »

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Compelling film
17 December 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The Day the Sun Turned Cold is a film about a son turning his mother in for the suspicious death of his father 10 years ago. It relives his earlier life through his storytelling flashbacks to the police officer, along with revisiting his childhood home in which almost all the members of his family are still there.

The mother, having had a hard laborious life,being married to a unfeeling stern man, accidentally falls upon this caring person who somehow shows her that she is still able to live a happy life. The son, whom resents her for betraying his father, never forgives her. That seems to be why it lead to his reporting of the suspected crime 10 years later. But upon seeing her again in the present day, he does not see the adulterous woman he remembers her to be, but more of whom she really is, the mother that raised him, still living the simple rural life she has always lived.

The film does seem a little forced when things gets explained and justified at the end of the movie. Maybe it could have been told or implied in a less direct way. The characters are complex, with non of them being morally right or wrong. The mother character was beautifully portrayed by the actress Gaowa Siqin.

Could this be modern China's interpretation of don't go digging up past atrocities, since they were all done with the best of intentions and the good of the country in mind?

To sum it up, a intriguing film that is worthy of viewing.

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