A Sun is a rich text on a visual and thematic level. Just those qualities alone make its 156-minute runtime fly right by. As a cherry on top, the cast is also top-to-bottom excellent, with Chen Yi-wen proving to be the standout as A-Wen. A character as cantankerous as he is haunted, Yi-wen has to handle some hefty material that makes the viewer alternate between sympathizing with A-wen and hating his guts. It's such a dense role but Yi-wen handles it with such grace. Plus, he nails the characters' final crucial scene, which lends further layers of complexity to an already intricate figure. Within him and A Sun as a whole movie, we see how labyrinthine one's life can be and how our actions never remain just our own. Keeping that in mind makes one contemplate if it's even possible to "seize the day, decide your path."
A Sun is now streaming on Netflix.