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To Live (Huo zhe) offers a gut-wrenching overview of Chinese political upheaval through the lens of one family's unforgettable experiences. Read critic reviews

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Fugui's (Ge You) gambling leads him to lose everything, including his wife, Jiazhen (Gong Li), and his home. Over the following decades, he struggles to live as a peasant. He tries joining a theater troupe, and then he enlists in the Chinese army in hopes of being a good citizen. Yet, just as things get better -- and Jiazhen and their baby daughter return to him -- the Cultural Revolution begins and tragedy continues to strike his family. Despite numerous hardships, Fugui never gives up hope.

Cast & Crew

Ge You
Xu Fugui
Gong Li
Xu Jiazhen
Niu Ben
Town Chief
Tao Guo
Chunsheng
Jiang Wu
Wan Erxi
Liu Tianchi
Xu Fengxia, as an adult
Deng Fei
Xu Youqing
Wei Lu
Writer
Hua Yu
Writer
Funhong Kow
Producer
Jiping Zhao
Original Music
Yue Lü
Cinematographer
Yuan Du
Film Editor
Juiping Cao
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for To Live

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Audience Reviews for To Live

  • Nov 25, 2010
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2010
    [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.tinypic.com/27yrew0.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> To Live was my fourth movie that I have seen from this excellent Chinese director Yimou Zhang.It was beautiful and so real and heartbreaking at times, you could feel the pain of the lead characters. Yimou traveled the viewer through three decades in the movie making us understand the people, their tragedy, respect, and adoration for the Communist. Gong Li was beautiful and I have seen her in the other movies of this same director. The movie was about this family going through life, surviving tragedies but they continue 'Living', That was the beauty of the film.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2008
    An awesome foreign language movie that I watched in a history class.
    Andrew F Super Reviewer

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