This is an epic drama of the conflict between the Nationalists and Communists post WW2 in China and subsequent escape to Taiwan. The good points. The story is engrossing. It doesn't try to cram too many characters in like some other epic Chinese historical dramas. There are several distinct stories that that involve the viewer. A Taiwanese doctor (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and his Japanese girlfriend (Masami Nagasawa) a Nationalist general (Huang Xiao Ming) and his upper class wife (Song Hye Kyo) and a humble soldier (Tong Dawei) and the nurse turned prostitute he loves (Zhang Ziyi. The production values are high and cinematography is good. Zhang Ziyi as the nurse acts convincingly. The movie shows the senseless tragedy in fighting a civil war just after WW2.