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To Live
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8.3 IMDB rating
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You Ge You Ge
Xu Fugui
Li Gong Li Gong
Xu Jiazhen
Ben Niu Ben Niu
Town Chief
Wu Jiang Wu Jiang
Wan Erxi
Deng Fei Deng Fei
Xu Youqing
Tao Guo Tao Guo
Chunsheng
Tianchi Liu Tianchi Liu
Xu Fengxia, as an adult
Zongluo Huang Zongluo Huang
Fu Gui's Dad


Written by
Wei Lu Wei Lu
screenplay
Hua Yu Hua Yu
novel


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A very good movie

4 months, 3 weeks ago at Mar 31 7:46
Since this movie has a really solid reputation, I was really eager to check it out. Well, I wasn't disappointed and, after each movie I watch from this director, I understand more and more why Zhang Yimou was considered as one of the greatest directors in the 90's. Indeed, it was such a fascinating tale which was, at the same time, actually pretty simple and yet it was still told on a epic scale a... read more
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Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that follow he is pressed into both the nationalist and communist armies, while Jiazhen is forced into menial work. They raise a family and survive, managing "to live" from the 40's to the 70's in this epic, but personal, story of life through an amazing period.
Release date: 16 December 1994
UPC: 027616887535
Tags: China (10), Chinese (5), Drama (5), Historical (4), 1990s (4), War (3), Communism (3), 1994 (3), Hong Kong (2), Asia (2), Friendship (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Poverty (1), *saipal (1), POW (1), Wanted (1), Execution (1), Loss Of Child (1), Cannes Winner (1), Civil War (1)
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johanlefourbe posted a review 4 months, 3 weeks ago

A very good movie

“Since this movie has a really solid reputation, I was really eager to check it out. Well, I wasn't disappointed and, after each movie I watch from this director, I understand more and more why Zhang Yimou was considered as one of the greatest directors in the 90's. Indeed, it was such a fascinating tale which was, at the same time, actually pretty simple and yet it was still told on a epic scale and this combination was quite amazing. Basically, it was the story of an average  family trying to simply live but you had to witness them experiencing the impact of some major events on their lives through decades of Chinese history as a background. You could argue that it did feel like a Communist propaganda film at times, especially in the beginning, when the main character found salvation onl” read more

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"Original Title: 'Huo zhe' Country: China Directed by: Zhang Yimou With: Gong Li Plot: After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China. Note: It was such a fascinating tale which was, at the same time, actually pretty simple and yet it was still told on a epic scale and this combination was quite amazing. Basically, it was the story of an average family trying to simply live but you had to witness "


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"14.7. Zhang Yimoun elokuvassa kommunismi on ihan parasta ja muutenkin järkevin vaihtoehto saada tunnustusta tekemisistään. Noin muuten leffa pyörii hengissä selviytymisen ympärillä ja sisältää ajatuksia siitä, miten vallitsevat instituutiot ja ideologiat vaihtuvat ja tavallisen ihmisen ei oikein auta kuin vetää mukana. En ole aivan varma, onko tämä se ainoa oikea ratkaisu."


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