Knowing the background of the director there is such a sadness surrounding this film. I do think this could have been shortened and it wouldn't have been detrimental to the resonance, but I have to respect the fact that he fought and died for the creative freedom of his film. I wish he could have lived long enough to see the impact An Elephant Sitting Still has made on the lives of so many people in the film community.
"The world is a wasteland"
R.I.P. Hu Bo