A beautiful, slow-motion melodrama from Tian Zhuangzhuang, director of THE HORSE THIEF and THE BLUE KITE, and a leading light in China's cinematic rebirth during the 1980s and '90s. The year is 1946 and the setting is a small town in southern China, decimated by a long war that's only just ended. Zhang Zhichen (Xin Baiqing), a doctor, returns to his hometown after following the "war of resistance" around China, and pays a visit to his ailing friend Dai Liyan (Wu Jun). Refugees for eight years, Liyan, his wife, Yuwen (Hu Jingfan), and Liyan's little sister, Xiu (Lu Sisi), have themselves just recently returned to the Dai family home. The house is one of the few that w...