An amazing piece of cinema from director Ang Lee, absolutely beautiful cinematography. How the crew managed to find enough of old Shanghai to film in is a mystery to me, but they created an amazingly convincing portrayal of the period. Add the sets and locations to the beautiful photography, the incredible "mise en scene", and the wonderful performances, and you end of with a beautiful and affecting film. I can't recommend it highly enough. If you love cinema, then you have to see this film.