To Live (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Huozhe

China/Hong Kong, 1994.  ERA International, Shanghai Film Studios.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Hua Yu.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Epic Chinese drama follows the exploits of  as a man whose life is severely challenged by the cultural revolution. Starting off happily married (to ) with a young son, he loses contact with his loved ones when Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward tears the Chinese countryside apart and throws the entire nation into chaos and war. Featuring many powerful sequences and striking photography, it isn’t my first choice of director Zhang Yimou’s films, but it is a solid, worthy drama.

Cannes Film Festival Awards:  Grand Jury Prize; Best Actor (You Ge)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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