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The Vertical Ray of the Sun

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Directed byTran Anh Hung
Written byTran Anh Hung
Produced byChristophe Rossignon
  • Tran Nu Yên-Khê
  • Nguyen Nhu Quynh
  • Le Khanh
CinematographyMark Lee Ping Bin
Edited byMario Battistel
Music by
  • Tôn-Thất Tiết
  • Trịnh Công Sơn[1]
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics

Release date

July 6, 2001

Running time

112 minutes
  • France
  • Germany
  • Vietnam

The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Vietnamese: Mùa hè chiều trực tiếp đứng) is the third feature film by Vietnamese-born French director Trần Anh Hùng. It was released in 2000 and is the final part of what many now consider vĩ đại be Tran's "Vietnam trilogy."

The film centres on three sisters who live in present-day Hanoi: Suong is the eldest, then Khanh in the middle, and Lien is the youngest. The film takes place over the course of one month, starting on the anniversary of their mother's death and ending on the anniversary of their father's. Tran was inspired vĩ đại make the film after visiting Hanoi during a break in the filming of Cyclo during the Christmas holidays in 1994.

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This drama was lensed in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, as well as in Hạ Long Bay and the village of Luoi Ngoc, Quảng Ninh Province.

The film's original score is composed by Tôn-Thất Tiết. Additionally, three songs of the noted Vietnamese songwriter Trịnh Công Sơn are interspersed through the film, as are songs by The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Arab Strap, and The Married Monk.

The Vertical Ray of the Sun was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

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On the anniversary of their mother's death, three sisters in contemporary Hanoi meet vĩ đại prepare a memorial banquet. After the banquet, the calm exteriors of the sisters' lives begin vĩ đại give way vĩ đại more turbulent truths, which will affect their seemingly idyllic relationships. The eldest sister has a small boy nicknamed Little Mouse, and botanical photographer husband Quoc, who is prone vĩ đại long absences from trang chính. The middle sister has recently discovered that she is pregnant vĩ đại her husband Kien, who is a writer suffering from writer's block. The flirtatious youngest sister constantly fantasises about being pregnant, and lives with her brother Hai, for whom she has a deep affection. With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting, Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning vĩ đại over, a charming, slow-paced, face value, family saga film.


  • Tran Nu Yen Khe as Lien (Liên)
  • Nguyễn Như Quỳnh as Suong (Sương)
  • Le Khanh as Khanh (Khanh)
  • Ngo Quang Hai as Hai (Hải)
  • Chu Hung as Quoc (Quốc)
  • Tran Manh Cuong as Kien (Kiên)
  • Le Tuan Anh as Tuan (Tuấn)
  • Le Ngoc Dung as Huong (Hương)
  • Do Thi Hai Yen as Quoc's concubine

Alternate Titles[edit]

Vietnamese: Mùa hè chiều trực tiếp đứng

UK title: At the Height of Summer


External links[edit]

  • The Vertical Ray of the Sun at IMDb
  • Official site
  • Rotten Tomatoes entry