Way too self-important, I thought. Too much old-school over-acting at a snail's pace. The goofy guy was a major irritant. I admit to fast-forwarding through a lot of this and it still felt way too long.
Chinese director He Ping ( "Warriors of Heaven and Earth" ) presents "Wheat," a high-profile historical action drama about the women left behind when their men have gone off to war -- and the lies they are told to keep them from knowing the awful truth. Set during the Warring States period, the film is divided into five sections corresponding to the Chinese system of elements: gold, wood, water, fire and earth.
The film stars Fan Bingbing, Wang Jue and Wang Zhiwen, and was produced on a budget of $6 million by Xian Film Studio, Beijing Polybona and his own company Beijing Classic Culture, a hefty sum by Chinese standards.