To Live Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for To Live the Movie

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Superb drama follows the lives of one family--weak but adaptable Fugui (You), his strong-willed wife Jiazhen (Li), and their young daughter and son--from prerevolutionary China in the 1940s through the '60s Cultural Revolution. Fugui loses the family fortune in the gambling houses, actually a blessing when the Communists come to power, and the family must struggle to survive financial and increasingly difficult political changes, where fate can change on a whim. Subtle saga about ordinary human lives reacting to terrifying conditions boasts extraordinary performances and evocative imagery. Adapted from the novel "Lifetimes" by Yu Hua. Chinese with subtitles.


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Available on VHS
Running time 130 minutes.
Originally from Chinese.

Cast and Crew

Family Drama, China, Politics, 4 Bones
Lu Wei, Yu Hua
Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Guo Tao, Jiang Wu
Lu Yue
Zhang Yimou
Zhao Jiping
Chiu Fusheng, Samuel Goldwyn Company


British Acad. 1994: Foreign Film; Cannes 1994: Actor (You), Grand Jury Prize.

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