The Orphan of Zhao, a Yuan drama about a feud between the Zhao and the Tu clans in ancient China, includes various kinds of death: from massacre and homicide to suicide and others. Among these deaths are two murders deemed “unnatural”: infanticide and patricide. The villain Tu Angu decimates the Zhao clan and kills an infant thought to be the last remaining member of the family; in fact, the baby is the child of the Zhao family’s doctor Zheng Ying, who has no other choice as his son is killed but to watch helplessly for the sake of saving the last heir of the Zhao clan, Gu’er. Fifteen years later, when he learns the truth, Gu`er immediately kills Tu Angu and redeems his family’s honor. The problem, however, is that the two have been as close as father and son. In his film Sacrifice (2010), the director Chen Kaige noticed this problem and adapted it in order to satisfy a contemporary audience. This paper examines Chen Kaige`s criticism of the original drama through the analysis of his cinematic adaptation.