After I read MUBI synopsis, I reconstructed the plots in my imagination and it felt like a masterpiece. The final part is very unnecessary - it would have ended well with 张闺女 waving the newspaper piece. Zhang Yi honestly dragged me out of Zhang Yimou's cinematic world with his overdone performance. Still, it's Zhang Yimou's most delicate effort in recent years. 3 for the film I saw, 4 for the one in my imagination.
We can pretend that extended reshot ending part never exists, but the core part, which is the reason why this story happened, the one and only motivation of the protagonist, the direct and sharp reflection of the cultural revolution (which was never mentioned in the final film), was censored, making us have to use our imagination to make our own versions in our minds to make this film happening.