From Hero to The Great Wall, from Shadow to House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou has made majestic films either taking on from the history of China or the wuxia tradition. In One Second, which he once again embraces the grand cinema tradition, Yimou tells the story of a prisoner who escapes a labour farm during the Chinese Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976. The nameless hero has one goal in mind: to see a glimpse of his daughter, who has been filmed as model student and model worker on a newsreel, so he sets on a journey. Described by Yimou as his love letter to cinema, One Second was screened as the closing film of the Toronto Film Festival.