Vertical Ray of the Sun

The Vertical Ray of the Sun

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Director: Tran Anh Hung

Cast: Tran Anh Hung, Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Chu Hung, Le Khanh

     
 

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From the director of Cyclo and The Scent of Green Papaya comes this tale of three sisters who live in close proximity in present-day Hanoi. Lien (Tran Nu Yen Khe), the youngest sister, shares an apartment with her younger brother Hai (Ngo Quang Hai) and works at a cafe run by oldest sister Suong (Nguyen Nhu Quynh). Suong is the wife of Quoc (Chu Hung), a

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From the director of Cyclo and The Scent of Green Papaya comes this tale of three sisters who live in close proximity in present-day Hanoi. Lien (Tran Nu Yen Khe), the youngest sister, shares an apartment with her younger brother Hai (Ngo Quang Hai) and works at a cafe run by oldest sister Suong (Nguyen Nhu Quynh). Suong is the wife of Quoc (Chu Hung), a photographer with whom she has a son. The middle sibling Khan (Le Khanh) is married to Kien (Tran Manh Cuong), a writer in the midst of finishing his first novel. Over the course of one month, the family is convened for the anniversary of the death of the sisters' mother and when reminiscing about their departed matriarch, they bring up the memory of a mysterious man who seems to have been part of their mother's past. Kien begins to look for clues about Toan's identity, and Suong reveals that she has been involved with another man. Lien is sharing sleeping quarters with her brother Hai while keeping track of her flighty boyfriend, and fantasizes about being pregnant. During their husbands' absences, Khan and Suong have a deep conversation about fidelity and reveal secrets they have kept inside for some time; when their husbands return, they begin to question their faithfulness and dedication to them. The Vertical Ray of the Sun screened at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Village Voice - J. Hoberman
Filled with bird sounds, Vertical Ray is almost surreal in its paradise imagery -- the movie is a sultry, harmoniously expressionistic riot of pale greens and deep yellows.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
An oblique, vaguely sorrowful study in domestic emotion, structured around the small eruptions of feeling -- tenderness, anger, and joy -- that punctuate the slow serenity of daily life.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
UPC:
0043396413917
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:
49,844

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tran Nu Yên-Khê Lien
Chu Hung Quoc
Le Khanh Actor
Tran Manh Cuong Kien
Le Tuan Anh Tuan
Nguyen Nhu Quynh Actor
Ngo Quang Hai Actor

Technical Credits
Tran Anh Hung Director,Screenwriter
Benoit Barouh Art Director,Production Designer
Mario Battistel Editor
Ludovic Bernard Asst. Director
Dominique Dalmasso Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Gerard Hardy Sound Editor
Eve Machuel Production Manager
Ginette Mejinski Production Manager
Mark Lee Ping-bing Cinematographer
Christophe Rossignon Producer
Ton That Tiet Score Composer
Francois Waledisch Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vertical Ray of the Sun
1. Chapter 1 [9:55]
2. Chapter 2 [9:45]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [10:06]
5. Chapter 5 [9:50]
6. Chapter 6 [10:20]
7. Chapter 7 [6:37]
8. Chapter 8 [3:30]
9. Chapter 9 [9:26]
10. Chapter 10 [11:42]
11. Chapter 11 [8:52]
12. Chapter 12 [12:31]

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The Vertical Ray of the Sun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Vietnamese movie I have seen and since then I have watched Cyclo & The Scent of Green Papaya(both of which are great in their own way by the same director & his wife, who is the youngest sister in this movie). First thing you will notice is how colorfully beautiful this movie is whether the actors or their surroundings. Second, you will expect the story to have a happy ending as the movie progresses but it doesn't and makes it a more realistic movie. The movie is fascinating with the depiction of the closeness between the 3 sisters and how each of their life is almost falling apart. Third, the movie makes you think it is a very laid back peaceful movie but again, the story is not peaceful in any way. You have to watch it to know I mean. All in all, a must watch for anyone looking for something different or a masterpiece from Vietnam. Lastly, I wonder what kind of hair oils the heroines put on their hair because their hairs look shining black and beautiful.