A book review of Alicja Helman's Hues of Red (Odcienie czerwieni, 2010). The book presents the work of one of the greatest Chinese and Asian film directors - Zhang Yimou. Helman in her analysis and interpretations of the director's work, also presents the social and historical backdrop to his work. She devotes a lot of effort in describing cultural, social and economic transformations that took place during the last few decades in China. Helman places Zhang Yimou's work in the wider context of the history of the Chinese cinema and Chinese art. At the same time she does not neglect the important matter of detailed analysis Zhang Yimou's aesthetic, that defines the Chinese director's status as an author.