The Chen Kaige directed SACRIFICE not only was the highest grossing Chen Kaige film but also has become an international hit as it participated in the Berlin Film Festival. Variety even praised the film as "Chen Kaige's return to form". The film also became the Hong Kong International Film Festival opening film.
During the 2011 New Spring slot the total box office reached 3 billion; three Chinese films, the Jiang Wen directed LET THE BULLETS FLY, Feng Xiaognag's IF YOU ARE THE ONE 2 and Chen Kaige's SACRIFICE took 1.4 billion. All three films had one soul figure in their centers: TO LIVE 1994 Cannes Best Actor Ge you. The fact is, for years Ge You has already become the Chinese film box office guarantee. Every one of his films have been big hits.
This time in SACRIFICE he played a historical figure Qing Ying and brought to live a tragically loyal official, which was seen as acting challenge. With his white hot performance he was already nominated for the Best Actor at this Asian Film Awards; no wonder even big director Chen Kaige praised the usually comedy actor Ge You as an all purpose actor who "not only can make people laugh but also make people cry".