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Combination of social criticism and cultural introspection
This movie is a doze of reality China really needs and in order to fully appreciate it, one must be familiar with the dross in the traditional Confucian teachings which discriminate against women. Once of such example is rule of each woman can only have one husband while a man can have as many wives as he can afford.
In the recent rapid Chinese expansion, people have accumulated wealth, but as soon as there is some money in the pocket, the dross of the tradition reappeared, such as keeping a mistress (since Chinese law prohibits concubinage). If there is not enough money to keep one daily, then at least she can be kept at the weekends.
This movie criticized this injustice and introspected the traditional culture at the same time, and every Chinese man needs to watch this.
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