A family of four fractures under the weight of unmet expectations, unexpected tragedy, and uncompromising pride.
A family of four fractures under the weight of unmet expectations, unexpected tragedy, and uncompromising pride.
It’s hard to imagine how a staggering two-and-a-half-hour epic from an established auteur could play the Toronto International Film Festival, win the most prestigious movie award from its country of origin, receive a simultaneous worldwide release, and still manage to almost completely escape the attention of American critics, but the strange and singularly modern fate that befell Chung Mong-hong’s “A Sun” will only become more familiar in a world so flooded with content that even major works of art can sink into the murk like shipwrecks. Movies have never been more accessible, and they’ve never been harder to find.
If this particular case is uncommonly illustrative of the situation at hand, that’s because of the gob-smacking disconnect between the specialness…
A sweeping, gritty, tragicomic family-drama from Taipei, A Sun is likely the best film you didn’t watch on Netflix last year.
Hell, it might be the best film released last year, period.
Tracking the shifting dynamics of a dysfunctional family coping with a series of traumas, A Sun belongs on the same pedestal as Waves, The Ice Storm, and Animal Kingdom. And in many ways, it belongs on its own strata altogether.
Playfully titled A Sun (a reference to a hauntingly lyrical, chiaroscuro-themed text message), the narrative is really about the binary nature of two diametrically disparate sons.
One son, A-Ho, exists in the metaphorical shade—a violent reprobate, he tarnishes his family’s reputation due to associations with a criminal triad…
a familial and moral crime drama that operates in exactly one register and it is "Keep On Keeping On". i mean shit is dramatic but two and a half hours? it's a bit much. chill out.
Heute, vor dreißig Jahren, erblickte ich das Licht der Welt. Ein kleiner, verschrumpelter und von oben bis unten vor Dreck stehender alter Mann im Körper eines Säuglings.
Vor nun dreißig Jahren wurde ich mit dem Ziel geboren, die Welt zu erobern, wie, das wird sich noch zeigen – hoffentlich durch meinen „bald“ erscheinenden Debütroman (das Warten wird sich lohnen, versprochen). Aber dies wird keine Lobpreisung auf meine Wenigkeit. Kein Ausrollen des Roten Teppichs durch mich für mich. Kein höherdrehen der Anlange das die Fanfarenstöße mir das Trommelfeld zu platzen drohen. Und auch kein, mich blendendes Blitzlicht, wenn ich, den Arm um die Stuhllehne gelegt, Selfies von mir schieße als wäre der Klappstuhl ein Fan von mir.
Es ist ein riesiges…
A Sun is an epic and powerful tale of the trials and tribulations faced by a Taiwanese family in the wake of a son's enormous mistake. Directed by Chung Mong-hong, A Sun is expansive and prone to complete tonal shifts throughout, with moments of melodrama and high emotion, and moments of comedy found in everyday moments. Stylistically it is varied, with a simple and immersive style coexisting with more flair and scenes which walk the line between the film's stark realism and something closer the fantasy. It is difficult to put this film into a box, and to describe the plot without giving anything away. It is really a story about family, and how a family can survive through the…
Very stylish and fascinating film, while the pacing is actually absurdly slow. What makes A Sun especially interesting is that you never really know where exactly the film wants to go. All kinds of things happen, it is sometimes mysterious, sometimes straightforward. Very direct dialogues too, with varying storylines, but the story also raises questions that remain unanswered. Good mix of drama and crime, although the second half was clearly more my cup of tea.
Grounded and naturalistic in its depiction of family, grief, loss, regret, and growth. A Sun is a film of quiet emotional power and a cautionary tale of what can happen when you fail to consider the needs of others before your own. It’s a film about empathy and a reminder that language is not our first language, it’s what we don’t say and how we listen when nobody else is speaking, that defines how we know someone.
Taiwanese’s Oscar entry for this year’s Best International Feature Film really blew me away! A SUN is just as good as everyone has been saying. Do not end 2020 without watching this epic family drama, currently streaming on Netflix. Phenomenal performances & captivating storytelling that at even 2.5 hours kept me in engaged throughout.
A SUN is a modern Taiwan drama which is highly riveting with strong screenplay, smart direction and brilliant acting. The mix of humor and grief goes hand in hand. Witty dialogue in a harrowing situation makes you smile as well as feel for the pain that the character is going through.
The film is based on the fact that the Sun burns himself to give it warmth. Here the sun is used as a metaphor to display the characters in the family. The use of shade and sun is used various times to show the good and bad times in the family.
This is a story of 2 kids quite opposite in character, one who is academically brilliant and the…
In its staggering two hours and a half of running time, director Chung Mong-hong follows the tale of a family grappling with the tragedies of life in this sprawling, emotionally absorbing drama A Sun. Unabashedly melodramatic in its content, Chung puts an admirable restraint and convincing naturalism in its execution. The characters in the film faced a behemoth-size of tragedies and Chung knows when to pause and gaze at their actions. It doesn’t blunder, instead Chung fills up this excess with images of grace, self-reflection, and thought-process. There’s also a noticeable attempt from Chung to exercise levity by adding humor into the heavy-laden drama, but it looked awkward and quite unsuccessful in that regard. The performances are splendid with great…
☆"Seize the day. Decide your path."☆
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Hey, it's another non-China film that China wants you to think is from China! After being very impressed by the Oscar nominee from Hong Kong, Better Days, one of the last acclaimed works released widely in 2020 for me to see was this Mandarin-language feature from Taiwan, Yángguāng pǔzhào -- literally "Sunshine illuminates everything," released in English as A Sun -- Chung Mong-hong's epic drama notably chosen as Variety's best film of 2020.
Quietly buried on Netflix yet with significant acclaim and a spot on the Oscar shortlist, the idea that this is some pensive arthouse drama is blown up in the first…
Found this film in Netflix and never heard of it even once before. A family saga fueled by tragedy(es) that will wrench your heart. Think of it as Bong Joon-ho’s “FATHER”. (and coincidentally today is a Chinese New Year so it’d be a great film to watch to celebrate it!)
Chung Mong-Hong's A Sun is an exquisitely shot family drama that follows two brothers and their parents as the boys take very different paths during the early stages of adulthood.
The film opens with a bit of a shock which kind of sets you up for the film it never really becomes. It definitely caught my attention early on but over time, the film settles down into a quieter drama with some misplaced comic moments at times, that feel out of tone with the rest of the film.
Wu Chien-ho is excellent as young A-Ho, a kid who has fallen onto the wrong tracks and is spiralling into a world of violence, crime and imprisonment. His parents deal with this…
longe DEMAIS, mas operante
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wasn't a fan of the editing and thought the film was really uneven at times. I felt like it was trying to be this family epic of sorts but was trying to explore too many separate things that didn't exactly weave into one nice thread.
Thought the first 40 minutes were great but then the elder brother's suicide came and that in particular did not feel like an organic plot point.
Ultimately though most of the second half was good and I thought the reveal at the ending was pretty damn powerful. The cinematography also always felt like it was making interesting choices, and Chen Yi-wen was very good. Those were all enough to keep me mostly engaged throughout.
Somewhat meandering, but full of emotional power and devastating twists.
Absolutely fantastic. Criminally underrated. I absolutely love Taiwanese Cinema. Feels like an Edward Yang movie in how it builds strong characters and mainly focuses on that, yet in A Sun it also has a great plot backbone and fantastic writing. Also, really great original score!
‘A Sun’ (2019) by Chung Mong-hong.
The opening credits of this Taiwanese heartwrencher start gently. In the pouring rain, two young men astride a motorbike pull into the carpark of a restaurant as the luring sounds of guitar strings pluck along. What happens next sets the course for one of the film’s many dramatic events. Talk about a false sense of security… you may never look at soup the same way again.
A family of four begins to crack under the weight of trauma and tragedy. ‘A Sun’ merges many genres. There’s certainly drama, a dash of crime, an element of social realism and even moments of unexpected visual humour. The way the director moves fluidly between nail-biting tension and…
KURAS AJA AIR MATAKU KURAS 😭
mereka ngomong, aku nangis.
mereka diam, aku nangis.
mereka jalan, aku nangis.
mereka nangis, aku meninggal.
keluarga julid material buat tetangga2 ini bener2 ya emang :") masalahnya semua disorot secara internal. pergolaka batin sama kesedihannya gaperlu banyak cingcong dengan naskah yang didramatisasi biar poetic atau apalah. sederhana. tapi right in the kokoro.
Also watched this for class and loved it. I liked the contrast between the dad and son’s character development. I also felt like the last scene with A-Hao was very realistic especially given how unexpected that scene was. I was disappointed that the girl A-Hao got pregnant who became his wife played a bigger role. I think that part of the plot would have been interesting and helped make he movie more balanced w more female representation ya know
Also Radish is so fucking annoying
Mother directed by Bong Joon-Ho 2.0 father version
A Sun is one of the best drama films I have ever seen. Solely based on how the film focuses on characters that continue to live in bad luck and misery. All of the devastating things in this film aren't treated as devastatingly as they really are, but instead is filtered through by soft music creating a sense of calm. If this was done by any other screenwriter they would have had characters break down, but instead this was written a lot more interestingly with characters who keep themselves together and carry on even while constantly losing and not getting much back from life.
A Sun was a smash hit out of relatively nowhere and has since garnered a fair bit of praise and a submission as the Taiwanese choice for Best International Film for the 2021 Oscars. The hype is well deserved. A Sun combines all sorts of aspects of a myriad of films to make one really cohesive and very strong family drama. There is the sort of magnitude and scope that you feel in A Brighter Summer Day. There are the occasional glimpses of surrealist humor (a man uses a sewage truck to emphasize his demands for money) that you see in Mulholland Drive to underscore the intensely serious tone. There is the familial sense of camaraderie that you get from…
An expansive, yet intimate family drama focusing on the effects of a single event. I think what this expresses so well is how there are moments in all of our lives that fundamentally alter every aspect of it. Whether it's a chance meeting with someone who becomes your best friend, or as is the case here, one moment where you go with someone you shouldn't; these things change everything. Miniscule moments change everything and that's a strange, but important concept for me. Movies like this think make me think about the small moments in my life that have changed everything, for better or for worse. It's that introspection that I value so much. But past all that, the characters and narrative are well-constructed and engrossing from the first minute. Forgiveness, pain, catharsis are all explored over the course of the film very sincerely and thoughtfully. Don't overlook this one, it's a special film that shouldn't be missed.
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