To Live
Starring: Ge You Director: Zhang Yimou

To Live
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Mono - French, Spanish
    • Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by

Major Awards:

Cannes 1994 - Best Actor: Ge You
Cannes 1994 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 10/01/1994
"...[Ge You] gives a masterfully underplayed performance..."
New York Times - 09/30/1994
"...In two magnificent performances, [Li] carries the story's emotions and [You] the weight of history....[TO LIVE] would be an extravagant and emotional film, even if it weren't a politically brave one too..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/23/1994
"...Engrossing....A story that transcends all cultural boundaries." -- Rating: A
Los Angeles Times - 12/14/1994
"...Masterful, stirring....It possesses both vast scope and intimacy, humor and sorrow, complex characterizations, richness of incident and an awareness of the quixotic role fate plays in all our destinies..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/23/1994
"...It is a big, strong, energetic film..."
USA Today - 08/25/1995
"...Chameleonic Gong adds another memorable portrait to her gallery..."

Product Description:

This epic saga from the director of RAISE THE RED LANTERN follows four generations of one family as they struggle through the turbulence of 20th-century China. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

Plot Synopsis:

When the irresponsible Xu Fugui loses his family's fortune during a gambling spree, he causes his loved ones incredible hardship. Fugui's father dies from a heart attack upon hearing the news, and his pregnant wife abandons him. Unable to put bread on the table, even for himself, Fugui works as a street vender, and when his wife notices his uncustomary humility, she returns. Within a year, Fugui desires to open a shop but is unable to raise the necessary funds. Instead of money, the local loan shark gives him his old shadow puppets. Soon, Fugui masters the art of puppetry, which increases his paltry income -- but also serves as propaganda for the imminent Communist Revolution.

Plot Keywords:

Family Interaction | History | Theatrical Release | War

Production Notes:

  • Produced in China and Hong Kong by ERA International, Ltd. and Shanghai Film Studios.
  • Additional cast: Guo Tao (Chunsheng), Jiang Wu (Wan Erxi) and Ni Dahong (Long'er).
  • Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.

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  • UPC: 027616085269
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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