An engrossing, compassionate film about a family that's just trying to elad a tranquil life in the midst of tumultuous times. Zhang Yimou plays it safe by staying away from the more disturbing aspects of 20th-century Chinese history, but the plot feels real and the characters are immensely believable.
What an experience, an intimate and emotional film, and another great film from Zhang Yimou. Everything is close to perfect, the casting, the cinematography, well nearly everything. The film suffers from an uneven first half and an amazing second half. The film could have and should have been longer to increase the scope of the film.