This film is emotionally wrenching to watch. It asks tough moral questions of both its characters and the audience. Does the truth set you free? Do we really know what we know? And does punishment really pay for a crime? This is an intense study of conflicted loyalties and the ultimate emptiness of revenge. Beautifully filmed and acted, it tells its story with a limited number of characters against the backdrop of a threadbare rural village.
Almost everything about this film is the opposite of the Chinese Spectacle or martial arts films we usually get to see in North America.
Powerfully directed throughout, this is truly a dramatic and cinematic masterpiece.
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