Zhang Yimou knows how to wrap up heroic cieling-to-floor costumes, tense traditional drama, jaw-dropping cinematography, and the entire color wheel up in a single frame. I mean, remember HERO? THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS? How about the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics?
Zhang Yimou’s latest (and our Opening Night film, don’t forget it) is a more basic return to storytelling: a coming of age tale with lost of innocence themes told through the star-crossed relationship of a young city girl and country boy from different socio-economic backgrounds set against the Cultural Revolution of 1970s China. Bring tissues!
Also, did I mention that Zhang Yimou is here?! At HIFF?! This year?! Epic!