City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. Before returning to the city, Yusheng symbolically honours his father’s dearest wish: he spends one day teaching in the village school.
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Entre las virtudes de este film de Yimou destacan una puesta en escena, bastante sencilla pero muy efectiva, algunos apuntes interesantes (la oposiciòn entre tradiciòn y modernidad, por ejemplo), pero sobre todo, la mirada del director, quien evita los lugares comunes ò lacrimogenos de una historia romantica, por lo que el resultado es, por momentos, muy emotivo. Debut de la joven y reconocida actriz Ziyi Zhang.
First saw this film years ago in college. And seeing it again now makes me miss that time of my life. I can't help but also miss the complex simplicity of Zhang Yimou's early films, the unabashed sentimentality, the warmth, the "smallness," the tender rendering of life and love. Zhang Ziyi is luminous.
I liked Yimou`s patience with his characters, how he makes no haste with uniting the protagonists, showing how the feeling, that started growing between them from the very first time they saw each other, just has had to await its realization with same diligence with which the school was built. But I got the feeling that he wanted to squeeze emotions too much in repeating scenes of her running with exalted music
Another wonderful little film from Zhang Yimou, this one shows the affect of a teacher on one small community, and the relationship that developed between him (Zheng Hao) and a local girl (Zhang Ziyi). Told in flashback after the death of a main character, this is sweet and moving for patient viewers.