Hero, The House of the Flying Daggers, Raise The Red Lantern - not only they have one director in common, the great Zhang Yimou, but they are known for their stunning cinematography and incredible staging and blocking.
The film debut by the Chinese filmmakers doesn't see him at his fullest potential, but you can trace some of his wonderful aforementioned skills in this picture.
Gu Changwei work has nothing to envy to those major names in the industry like Conrad Hall or Vittorio Storaro. The Red and yellow-ish texture and coloring work is something only a master on its craft its able to pull out.
The staging and acting shines through on the terrifying final minutes of the movie. You can feel the fear, the horror and the hate is so palpable and disheartening.
All in all, while it still feels as a debut work, it also shows the major potential of who would become of the greatest.