This movie went in so many conflicting directions that I'm not sure how to feel about it. Okay, so the only man who doesn't ravage the young, innocent girl is a gelding; all the other "normal" men stand in line and take their turn with Xiu Xiu. Lao Jin, the gelding, is a strong, brave man (and ex-soldier) who falls in love with this spoiled, ambitious city girl, and he imagines that Xiu Xiu will want to stay with him herding horses in the open grasslands, but he does nothing to stop the parade of lusty bureaucratic wimps from entering his tent (although once he cooked a man's shoe in the fire). To confuse matters more, Xiu Xiu doesn't seem to mind the men's visits. I felt that Xiu Xiu missed the comforts of her city home more than she missed home itself. I also felt that Xiu Xiu might have slept her way up the ladder even if she had stayed in the city. She seemed to learn pretty quickly and easily about the power of her beauty - the only tragedy was that it was wasted on useless men. I could say more about the ending, but I don't want to give anything away. The scenery and the acting were great, which is why I give it three stars.