Waqar’s review published on Letterboxd:
A face to those families who perished. A face to those families who managed to pull through.
A face to the perseverance and a face to the struggles. A face to the indignation that was felt by so many.
That face is Jiazhen. That face is Fugui. That face is Youqing and Fengxia. Erxi, Chunsheng and Wang Bin. Every face is every story.
Yimou's portrayal of three decades of China's tumultous and trepid sociopolitical shifts are conveyed immaculately through the eyes and experiences of a single family.
The result is a deeply humanistic masterpiece that made me feel nostalgia for a time I didn't feel and sorrow for a people I didn't know.