To Live (Huo zhe)
To Live (Huo zhe) (1994)

This Chinese saga chronicles 30 years in the life of a typical modern family. Their story begins in the 1940's in a tiny northern village. Fugui's wife Jiazhen leaves him when loses the family home while gambling with Long'er.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 16, 1994
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

A well-crafted but in no way earth-shaking entry in the helmer's oeuvre.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"To Live" is a simple title, but it conceals a universe.

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Pablo Villaça
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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It's a good movie from a genuinely gifted filmmaker and no less worthy for not being great.

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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.

Caryn James
New York Times

There is no mistaking the political toughness of this melodrama's message.

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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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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