In the sequel, the romance feels a bit pallid and the story mirthless, possibly because the lovers still can’t reconcile love and marriage. A sense that there’s a dark lining to every silver cloud reigns.
WSJ: Feng Xiaogang Spreads His Magic West
“The [overseas Chinese] audience is so conditioned to seeing these pictures on the Internet or on pirated DVDs,” he says. “It will take a while to break the habit that has been around a long time. Nothing beats seeing these pictures on a big screen.”