The beginning quote by Confucius was a great opener for the film: “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.”
I also really liked the quote about how it is hard being human, but harder being a common person in China: (the exact quote) “It’s hard being a human, but being a common person in China is even more difficult.” That really moved me! You have to see the film to truly understand.
Plus, the good-looking Chinese guy, Bo Yu Chen, was a splendid site to view.
The story was wonderfully captured and told. Yung Chang directed and wrote the story brilliantly!