To Live (Huozhe)
To Live (Huozhe) (1994)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
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… More
Andrew Fillmore
An awesome foreign language movie that I watched in a history class.
Lanning : )
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… More
Daisy Maduro
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Walter M.
[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… More
Leo L
Phenomenal! Great story plot that is ultimately endearing. The story centralizes on the ups and downs of a Chinese family. This is one of my absolute favorites… More