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Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 2014 (USA)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director:

Biyi Bandele

Writers:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (novel), Biyi Bandele (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandie Newton ... Olanna
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Odenigbo
Anika Noni Rose ... Kainene
Joseph Mawle ... Richard
John Boyega ... Ugwu
Onyeka Onwenu Onyeka Onwenu ... Mama
Babou Ceesay ... Okeoma
Susan Wokoma ... Amala
Jude Orhorha Jude Orhorha ... Harrison
Genevieve Nnaji ... Miss Adebayo
Gloria Young Gloria Young ... Aunty Ifeka
Tina Mba Tina Mba ... Mrs. Ozobia
Wale Ojo ... Chief Okonji
Ayo Lijadu Ayo Lijadu ... Professor Ezeka
Naya Amobi Naya Amobi ... Arize
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

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Divided by war. United by love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Nigeria | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Yellow Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Nigeria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NGN 1,270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,843, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,645, 8 August 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Thandie Newton nude scene was censored in Nigeria cenima. See more »


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Go Li'l Liza
Written by Coleman Hawkins
Performed by Tony Kofi and His Quintet
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awful rendition of a very good novel
24 April 2014 | by John GrummittSee all my reviews

the only redeeming features of this film are that the use of colour is beautiful in places and there are a few good Nigerian character actors who give some engaging performances.

But oh my goodness if you've read the novel you will be stunned at how badly it has been brought to the screen. I noticed in the opening credits that Aidichie the author did not write the screenplay and it shows.

The acting is, by and large unconvincing, but what really weakens the novel is the very simplistic way that the complexities of the Biafran crisis are presented to the viewer. There's almost no way for someone with no background of the events concerned to make any sense of it all. And the film almost ignores the horrific atrocities, the atrocious famine and the way that the crisis was made worse by almost the entire political world turning a blind eye for four long years.

The editing is woeful with the plot taking place in several locations interspersed with archive BBC news footage. The scenes are all confined to static sets with few exceptions. Those exceptions are badly filmed 'action' shots with 1980s A-Team special effects.

Oh, and then it ended. Just like that.

Very very disappointing. Don't waste money on this at the cinema. Spend it instead on the excellent novel which I fear many will now not read because they think it will be as bad as the film.


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