Terrible soundtrack supporting the "opening the door slowly, inch by inch" story. May revisit, but as a follow up (in terms of my viewing order, not the filmmaker's) to Vertical Ray of the Sun it let me down.
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his wife. The musician falls in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl's life.