One of the best movies in cinema
Yimou is obviously the master of late 20th century cinema. He is one of the very few directors who succeeds in everything that makes a movie a movie: cinematography, character, plot and psychology, rythm, depth.
I still don't understand why so many people call this "artsy" as if it were something derogatory. Who on earth could prefer the average Hollywood nonsense (plot: the Good Ones fight the Bad Ones, and the Good Ones win!) over a real movie?
This movie is probably the one which will be remembered as the reference movie in the history of cinema for the years 1975 - 2000. I can't wait to see more geniuses come out of China. I'm so glad China is going to be the driving force of life and culture on this planet for the next coming centuries. As long as they bring along this kind of movies, everything is well. Finally we can get rid of Hollywood terrorism!