This spectacular film is one of the most amazing movies ever. It shows 1930's China in the most REAL light ever seen in a movie. It is absolutely heart-breaking in so many situations, seeing how hard life was for the characters, and yet the story and the ending are incredibly joyful. You truly see the depths and heights of human existence in this film. The actors are all perfect, such that you feel like you have really entered a different world.
I simply can not recommend this movie highly enough. It may just change you forever once you have seen it.
In Mandarin with burned-in English subtitles. A DVD-rip from the crippled Columbia-Tristar 4:3 version. If there’s a copy of the original Chinese wide screen version anywhere, pls. post a link in comments.