Ryan Bertram wrote:
This movie is total communist propaganda.
I only saw the old version, not this one but I have severe problems with seeing anything like communist propaganda in it. But it is preaching loyalty to the regime... The Chinese regime does not give me so good vibes (remember Tienanmen Square) and the message in the film felt a bit weird. Not quite what you'd expect from Zhang Yimou.
I have been told that this is an ancient story, and it has often been used for political purposes.
In fact, I did not like it that much. Yes, it was very beautiful, but it was too much flying around in the air for my taste.