Near the end *Major Spoiler!*
Were Ju Dou and Tianqing trying to commit suicide near the end? It sounds to me that they were. Tianqing asks Ju Dou to marry him again(or something like that) and they end up in an air tight celler or storage facility. Ju Dou even says to Tianqing they should leave or we might not be able to later. The kid had to haul them out because they were close to death.
I also wonder what happened to the son at the end? His mother burns half of the shop down(along with herself) and he's nowhere to be found. Weird.
Hard movie to really love. Most of the characters were real a-holes. I did find the story very interesting and the camera work was outstanding. I just wish they would put it out in a remastered form. The bad print really takes away from the movie.