Jiang Wen stars in his third directorial work that boasts a stellar cast including Joan Chen, Anthony Wong and Jaycee Chan. A polyptych of interconnected stories in different time-zones, shifting between a Yunnan village, a campus, and the Gobi Desert.
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since the start, it shows a new way for contemporary chinese cinema, a path that will be followed by young directors as lu chuan, guan hu, ning hao, which are the best in depicting what chinese cinema is, now. and that's due to jiang's sun also rises.
also, the movie in itaself is a magical voyage into the lives of some characters shot in what could be calle "a state of grace" by its director.