To Live (Huozhe)
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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 1970s. Fugui (Ge You) is the father of a once-wealthy family whose addiction to gambling and chronic bad luck causes him to lose his home in a game of dice with Long'er (Ni Dabong). Fugui's wife Jiazhen (Gong Li) abandons him, and he finds himself working as a peddler, until the man who now owns his home gives him a pair of shadow puppets. Fugui… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It rushes through history as if it were firemen rushing to a fire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Presents a sober view of Chinese life where the destinies of individuals are determined by forces beyond their control."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"I have never seen a more anti-Communist movie. The horrors of this ideology were everywhere."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"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."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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