Clint Eastwood's personal favorite of the competition entries at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival where Eastwood was Jury President.
This film is banned in China. However, there are a number of pirate copies you can buy on the street.
Initially, Director Zhang Yimou was forbidden from filmmaking for 5 years by the Chinese Communist Party as a result of making this film. However, due to outside pressure this was later withdrawn.
Ranked number 41 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.