Sun Bird (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - China   |  
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Wang Xueqi and Chinese folk dancer Yang Lipin made their feature directorial debuts with this Chinese drama, partially based on Lipin's life. Doctors tell Tana (Yang) her vision problems might be psychological. As a child, Tana lost both her parents in her remote mountain village, a place where life revolved around fertility dances and other ritual dances, and she became obsessed with the tribal chief, leader of the ceremonial dances. Caught in the web of these childhood experiences, Tana has problems with relationships later in life, prompting her lover, Yuan Wen (Wang), to leave her. The film won the "Special Grand Prix of the Jury" at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival.