To Live

1994, Drama, 2h 5m

22 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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

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