Henry W’s review published on Letterboxd:
"But I've been living as a jianghu just to find you."
. . .
"Am I that important?"
"If not you, then what is?"
In which Jia's character's must rapidly adapt to the economic and political (sur)reality around them. For the first time, the melodrama is as fluid as the history. Less schematic than Mountains May Depart's family-through-the-decades, Ash tests the relationship between Qiao (Zhao Tao) and Bin (Liao Fan) as the former’s personal convictions and commitment to jianghu values collides with an increasingly atomized culture that Bin embraces (or goes along with). Jia's approach here is less using these figures to chart change so much as observe their constant negotiation with it.