Originally Posted by metaphysician
What turned you off: the interminable length, the painful Chinese opera, the cheesy melodrama, or the unsatisfying ending? All of the above?
No, no, yes, yes.
None of the characters were particularly interesting (except the young acrobat who, unfortunately, commits suicide early on); the artistic, cultural or political elements of the story were not illuminated in any meaningful way. It was just a boring, melodramatic, aimless waste of time.