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A Sun (2019)

Yangguang puzhao (original title)
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A family of four fractures under the weight of unmet expectations, unexpected tragedy, and uncompromising pride.

Director:

Mong-Hong Chung

Writers:

Yaosheng Chang (screenplay), Mong-Hong Chung (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chien-Ho Wu ... A-Ho
Yi-wen Chen ... A-Wen
Samantha Shu-Chin Ko ... Miss Qin
Kuan-Ting Liu ... Radish
Greg Han Hsu ... A-Hao
Apple Wu ... Xiao-Yu (as Tai-Ling Wu)
Ivy Yin ... Miss Yin
Chen-Ling Wen ... Xiao-Zhen
Chih-Ju Lin ... Oden Senior
Shao-hua Lung ... Old Gao
Li-Tung Chang ... Oden
Danny Deng ... Teacher
Ming-Shuai Shih ... Brother Chao
Han Chang ... Juvenile Counselor
Shao-Huai Chang ... Driving Student
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Storyline

A Sun follows a troubled family of four. A-Ho, the younger son, has always been a problematic child, and his father, A-Wen has invested all his hopes and expectations in his introverted eldest son, A-Hao. While A-Hao is trying to get into medical school, A-Ho faces juvenile detention for a crime committed with his best friend - although not entirely of his own will. A-Wen abandons A-Ho, refusing to help and even requesting the judge to sentence his son as harshly as possible. Not long after A-Ho is sent to prison, to make matters worse, his girlfriend shows up on his mother Qin's doorstep. The teenage girl is pregnant and determined to have A-Ho's child, even though he is locked up and has no idea she is expecting. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Crime | Drama

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Official submission of Taiwan for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »

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Distant Journey
Lyrics by Mong-Hong Chung
Music & Performed by Sheng-Xiang Lin
[Theme Song]
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One of the most overlooked movies of 2019/2020
20 December 2020 | by ShawnMHeSee all my reviews

A dense, provoking and heartbreaking story that unfolds through the dialogues and faces of the dedicated actors with a unique fluidity uncommon in western movies. Mong-hong Chung isn't afraid of ditching a typical pace of storytelling and has carefully structured his visual poem to gradually challenge your perception of life. The realism of the lives of the main characters is masterfully shrouded by a sense of surrealness which is both disconnecting and provoking to the audience. A viewing that will make sure to have you wonder for a long time after the credits roll. It's currently available on Netflix and it's well worth your time and it will abundantly reward a patient audience.


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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