This film is my favorite of all time! It deserves every award that it received. This is a film that truly classifies as art, and will go down in history as one of the great classics of film. While it is true that the childhood scenes are difficult to watch, the filmmakers were merely accurately portraying the treatment of the child opera stars in 1920's Beijing. What are we going to do, bury our heads in the sand and pretend history never happened? This is a beautiful, tragic tale of love and loss, and will do much to explain certain key elements of Chinese history. This is truly a thinking person's film. Watch it today!