Sister, also known as My Sister, is a 2021 Chinese coming-of-age drama film written and directed by You Xiaoying and Yin Ruoxi, both young female filmmakers, examines themes of traditionalism in Chinese society, patriarchy, the traditional preference for sons over daughters, and filial piety. It starred Zhang Zifeng in the titular lead role, with Xiao Yang, Zhu Yuanyuan, Duan Bowen, & Connor Leong as the other cast members. It was shot in Chengdu from July to September 2020 & released in China on 2 April 2021, Qingming Festival weekend which grossed US$52.8 million in its opening weekend.
The film tells a story about the bond between an older sister and her younger brother. When An Ran loses her parents in a traffic accident, she must decide whether to pursue her independence or bring up her 6-year-old half-brother.
|Name||Zhang Zi Feng||Darren Kim||Xiao Yang||Zhu Yuan Yuan||Duan Bo Wen||Connor Leong|
|Character||An Ran||An Zi Heng||Wu Dong Feng||An Rong Rong||Zhong Yong||Zhao Ming|
The film was well received by critics and audiences upon its release. Zhang Zifeng's performance was especially cited as the highlight of the film by critics, with some calling it a breakthrough and a tour de force.
Also, its themes sparked discussion about traditional values, gender roles, and the role of women in China. Sociologist Li Yinhe, who studies gender roles in China, called the movie a profound work based on solid social reality and noted the conflict between individualism and traditional family values.
The film received a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on five reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. It has also gained 8.3 on Mydramalist, 6.6 on IMDB &, 7.4 on Douban.
VII. South China Morning Post
James Marsh of the South China Morning Post praised the film's acting and its progressive stance tackling social issues like gender inequality.
VII. Awards & Nominations
|2021||Huading Award||Best Supporting Actress||Zhu Yuanyuan||Won|
|2021||Huading Award||Best Actress||Zhang Zifeng||Nominated|
|2021||Huading Award||Best New Director||Yin Ruoxi||Nominated|
|2021||Huading Award||Best Song||Roy Wang||Nominated|
|2021||Huading Award||Best Supporting Actor||Xiao Yang||Nominated|
|2021||Huading Award||Best Writing||You Xiaoying||Nominated|
|2021||Huading Award||Best New Performer||Jin Yaoyuan||Nominated|
|2021||15th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Zhang Zifeng||Nominated|
|2021||15th Asian Film Awards||Best New Director||Yin Ruoxi||Nominated|
|2021||15th Asian Film Awards||Best Screenplay||You Xiaoying||Nominated|