The film is set in the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that tore many families asunder. A young mother, Li Yuanni sees her husband getting crushed when trying to save their twins. Li is soon faced with a Sophie's choice and like a good Chinese mother picks the boy. The girl miraculously survives and is adopted by a military couple. The movie revolves around the parallel lives of the twins in great melodramatic detail and ended up grossing over US $100 million at the Chinese box office. It is worth a watch if you love films that tugs at your heart strings in the most cloying fashion.
Rating: * *