Akash Suresh’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I’ve cared about no one but you all your life. It’s time I think about your father.”
Set during the aftermath of Chinese Cultural Revolution and this is a tale of trauma that comes as a byproduct of history...One of those rare films that deal with both requited and unrequited love in the tenderest of ways...Isn't as beautiful and is more bleaker than his famous outings, but the emotions that Zhang Yimou conveys is as masterful as ever...And it reaffirms my belief that Asian Cinema has never seen a better actress than Gong Li!!!
///"Right now, Chinese culture is in a process of forgetting. The culture is more interested in more superficial things. Movies are like fast food. There is certainly a feeling that we are struggling to remember our past. I believe that movies are the most potent, powerful form of art; I have this sense of responsibility to use my movies to influence other people’s lives, especially young people in today’s China, to let them know more about history. Of course, one single film cannot change the status quo. But I will do what I can. This has always been my dream and desire. I’m using this film to express my feelings, and there’s nothing metaphorical about that."/// --- Zhang Yimou