To Live

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  • Remember, You Owe Us a Life!

    Nov 30, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-developed characters, good pace, multifaceted script, good performances, lovely cinematography
    Cons: Structural design has been used before, plot elements contrived to make political points

    Summary: Now, speaking personally, I enjoy learning about history – almost regardless of the time or place. This enjoyable film, however, delivers its history lesson with such slippery ease that, even if you hate studying history, when the credits roll at ... read more

  • To Live: In A Life Full of Tragedy...

    Sep 20, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well told, great performances
    Cons: Tad slow in the middle

    Summary: I've been on a Zhang Yimou kick as of late and watching all of his releases that I hadn't watched before and after seeing Raise The Red Lantern, I was told that my next stop should be his 1994 film, To Live, which is supposed to be his ... read more

  • And then? Little Bun will grow up.

    Feb 15, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent story.
    Cons: ...

    Summary: Letís pretend that for a moment youíve never read anything about China, donít know much of its history, or how its filmmakers work. In which case you will be confused during certain parts of this movie. Hereís a quick overview of things you need to ... read more

  • To Live is the best thing

    Jun 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very emotional, seeing the culture, political effects.
    Cons: A couple of subtitles flash up too fast (very minor).

    Summary: ------------------------------ ----------------------------- Plot. Setting: 1940-1960s, China. About a guy (Fugui) who gambles away all his money including his mansion. Of course, his wife (Jiazhen) leaves him because of that, but mainly because ... read more

  • A Gamble to Survive

    Nov 29, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent acting and recreation of a turbulent era.
    Cons: Sometimes cinematography is so gloomy, difficult to distinguish what's happening. Subtitles hard to see.

    Summary: Language: Mandarin. English subtitles. Director: Zhang Yimou China in the 1940s A compulsive gambler, Fugui (Ge You) is playing with a puppet troupe owner, Long'er, as a show is performed in the background. It is clear ... read more

  • Real life enemy of the state

    Jan 12, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything. Great acting, excellent story, well written.
    Cons: Nothing

    Summary: This film is representative of one family's life in China during the worst possible time to live in China - circa 1940 to 1960's - the Mao Zedong era. The film begins when the main character, a wealthy compulsive gambler, loses everything. ... read more

  • The best of the 5th Generation

    Dec 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great story and acting, historically accurate
    Cons: Can't think of any right now

    Summary: I am a big fan of the 5th Generation Chinese directors. The big two, Chen Kaige and Jhang Yimou have given us some great historical perspectives through film. Films such as "Farewell My Concubine", "Red Sorghum", "Raise the Red ... read more

  • To Live (1994)

    Jun 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: direction, script, cinematography, cast
    Cons: character transformations

    Summary: "To Live" tells the story of a small Chinese family, from the 1940s through the 1960s. The great political turmoil of that country, from the Civil War to the resulting Communist dictatorship, the economic hardships and political purges, are ... read more

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