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To Live (Huozhe) (1994)

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Zhang Yimou, often regarded as China's leading contemporary filmmaker, directed this drama chronicling the ebb and flow of one family's fortunes, set against the backdrop of China's tumultuous history between the 1940s and the 1970s. Fugui (Ge You) is the father of a once-wealthy family whose addiction to gambling and chronic bad luck causes him to lose his home in a game of dice with Long'er (Ni Dabong). Fugui's wife Jiazhen (Gong Li) abandons him, and he finds himself working as a peddler,

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Art House & International, Drama

Jul 1, 2003

Hallmark Entertainment

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It rushes through history as if it were firemen rushing to a fire.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Acompanhar a conturbada vida política chinesa entre as décadas de 40 e 70 através de uma perspectiva intimista é uma idéia inteligente e promissora. Infelizmente, parte da força se perde em função do roteiro excessivamente melodramático.

March 29, 2006
Cinema em Cena

As is typical with Zhang's films, this one is gripping and leaves you with admiration for the brave souls who survive under totalitarian rule.

November 19, 2003
Nitrate Online

Presents a sober view of Chinese life where the destinies of individuals are determined by forces beyond their control.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

I have never seen a more anti-Communist movie. The horrors of this ideology were everywhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for To Live (Huozhe)

This was really good. Li Gong is recognizable from Hero (she's actually been in a lot of things). The scenes of mourning are painful to watch, because it is so real and honest. If you enjoyed other works by this director, (Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of The Golden Flower being the most famous) you will probably enjoy this....no martial arts, however. This is a moving drama with some interesting history. Well done film.
November 25, 2010
itsjustme2004

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I think it's safe to say that this is no love letter from Zhang Yimou to Chairman Mao. Any time any means of artistic expression must be destroyed, as with the burning of the puppets, you can be sure that the film, itself a form of artistic expression, is not making a positive statement. An unrelenting look at the ravages of political change in China from the 1940s through the 60s, focusing particularly on one extremely unfortunate, yet in some ways extremely lucky family, if simply surviving equals good fortune. If you're a Li Gong or You Ge fan, you won't want to miss this one.
July 30, 2007
binky013

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[color=red]"To Live" is an emotionally powerful epic about a family living in China from the 1940's to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960's. I felt like this movie gave me the most realistic impression of living under Mao Zedong during this tumultuous period of time.[/color]
April 20, 2010
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Walter M.

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An awesome foreign language movie that I watched in a history class.
September 27, 2008
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