Again, Zhou Xun's character in this movie is not a revolutionary in the traditional sense of the word—no guns or guerrilla attacks are involved. But the gorgeous Little Seamstress undermines the Chinese regime in her own way—by reading Western books, flirting simultaneously with two men, and getting pregnant out of wedlock.

It may not seem like much, but during the peak of the Cultural Revolution, hiding Balzac under the floorboards and poppin' one out illegitimately could lead to an intense public "shaming" and ostracism from the entire community.