This is romance story, set in a Chinese village. The time period is perhaps a few years after World War II. A new, young, male teacher arrives to work in a remote rural village. A gradual romance begins between the teacher and a beautiful, young, local woman. She is Di (Ziyi Zhang). This is her first film. The woman is very beautiful and a very good actress. The story is told in flashback from the present. The old, long serving teacher has recently died. His son returns from the city to see to his burial. And, the story of his parents romance unfolds. I wanted to see this movie by director, Yimou Zhang. I figured it would provide some insight into Chinese culture. The story was a modest one. It seemed to be designed for a domestic Chinese audience. Themes of loyalty, love, self-sacrifice, devotion, and child fealty are explored.
Its a small film. I enjoyed it as a straight forward, simple movie.