To Live (Huo zhe) Reviews

April 11, 2019
His film grows progressively in meaning and resonance as it develops. Highly recommended.
September 7, 2011
March 26, 2009
A well-crafted but in no way earth-shaking entry in the helmer's oeuvre.
June 24, 2006
Zhang's purpose is less to show the oppressive iniquities of Mao's era than to evoke the optimistic spirit that allowed people to survive it.
March 29, 2006
Acompanhar a conturbada vida poltica chinesa entre as dcadas de 40 e 70 atravs de uma perspectiva intimista uma idia inteligente e promissora. Infelizmente, parte da fora se perde em funo do roteiro excessivamente melodramtico.
July 4, 2005
November 19, 2003
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.
August 22, 2003
July 30, 2003
May 20, 2003
There is no mistaking the political toughness of this melodrama's message.
August 30, 2002
Presents a sober view of Chinese life where the destinies of individuals are determined by forces beyond their control.
January 1, 2001
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
I have never seen a more anti-Communist movie. The horrors of this ideology were everywhere.
January 1, 2000
"To Live" is a simple title, but it conceals a universe.
January 1, 2000
It's a good movie from a genuinely gifted filmmaker and no less worthy for not being great.
January 1, 2000
Zhang has managed to grasp a simple truth that so often eludes modern filmmakers - if the story is recognizable and the characters are real, the audience will easily identify with them and be swept away.
May 18, 1994