To Live

The action of this family Saga takes place in China for three decades — in the 1940-60's. Heir respected in the city family, Fu GUI — an avid player. The misadventures of his family begins with the fact that one day he loses his house....

  • Yimou Zhang

Release Date: 1994-12-16
IMDb icon 8.3/10
  • Country: CN, HK
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $2,332,728
Dianemarie Barmen
10 February 2016 | 12:25

A mournful tune a two-stringed violin-Erhu occurs shrouded in early morning mist lane of a small town. Of dimmable occurs terse caption, telling us that the action takes place in the forties of the twentieth century. Lane gambling is not asleep. Fugui — the sons of a rich family Xu — puts con old ancestral house. Game bones him as the cocaine for a drug addict. Neither a pregnant wife, nor the daughter, nor father good for him. He will lose everything, soon to roam the country box shoulders, filled with paper puppets and shadow theater. Does it, what will do? Does all that will happen to the country?

The film — oppression the weaving of Chinese destiny. Four parts, four decades, separated by a blue sky subtitles. At the forefront Yimou staged a drama of the little man, forced to overcome the contradictions, but not murmur to sent adversity, and host. This little man is not against the system. Yesterday rich today — poor. Not trouble. Most importantly — to continue to live. To continue to hope. Declared as film Saga, "to Live" turned out to be not so much a rebuke, how many a topical picture of the results of the cultural revolution and other changes in Chinese society on the example of one family. The novel, according to which was the film managed to seep through the censorship barrier, even without having those strong socio-political emphasis, which will strengthen the plot Yimou. The chronicle goes on the background, preferring to tell the story of little people whose fates are intertwined and under the pressure of these great events has changed dramatically and tragically. Socio-political inferiority of the protagonist of the film comes in sharp contradiction with the General atmosphere in the country, up to the brim overflowing with exalted expectation.

To each generation belongs to your world of art. It should be noted that for the Chinese, all these decades clichéd certain political events, which are all four parts in order to show a person who tries not to be affected, a neutral passing through time. Yimou not taking a historical chronicle, gives movie characters — may not accented, but readable. So the death of one of the character from heavy bleeding alludes to the bloody "cultural revolution 60-XX. Like fantasmagorique vision, there are or other minor characters who are destined to rotate the lever the fate of ordinary citizens. Departing from something embarrassing "negative" characters, paint in the time ominously farcical colors, the Director wanted to make them "ordinary Chinese." Motion picture lacks the bursts of brilliance, which struck Yimou in the previous films, and would still hit the new Millennium. Like bleached on the sun carpet, the palette of the film is pale and monotonous. Mediocrity and wretchedness of the world poor and the disadvantaged passed on and the painting itself. However, love red Director all well here is present, not in red paprika pods hanging on roof not the dress of the warriors. Here are the red flags, red ribbon on framework with portraits of the infallible Mao who with reverence make building the Chinese as the Orthodox — icon. "Live" — perhaps the most uncompromising film thin ideological fighter against the system of Zhang Yimou. He expressed not only protest the system, it makes a protest against the excessively-conventional manners films "cultural revolution", in which the action is overloaded with ideological meaning. Here the prose of life estetiziruetsya drinking belinostat and the dramatized.

However, this film about compassion. Touching concern for people in the hour when they themselves are suffering compassion resentment, and family adversity piled on top, as a stone rain. The Director notices special moments, seen in of everyday life, revealing their sensual overtones. Shooting in confined small spaces, whether it is a miserable hut, where the family lives Fugue, or a long hospital corridor, hung with Nanami posters, the camera creates a strong sense of space and time, which was very close to time and space of real life. Daily lives his life in front of the camera. Characters eating dumplings, melted cooking utensils on the projectiles to send them to Taiwan, rejoice and cry, sing and die. Zhang Yimou maps the next the tragic and the comic, forcing the viewer to fall in love with a certain character, take it to soon to feel genuine grief, the physical death of favorite characters. Simple ideas through the years and, despite the shock of the war, the people are in need of the continuation of the species. Vital constants continue to exist, no matter how not vague would time.

Else it is a film about humility. Humility of man before the elements, but not natural. The element of raging tyranny. The colossus of Stalinism dropped grain in the fertile Chinese soil, which has created its own tyrant Mao. Communism has taken hold of minds. The people humbled themselves and began to resist. Forgetting about the art, about the traditions, forgetting their God. The only way you can survive without having vanity, not to show political activity. Because they have all was solved. They like puppets that the puppet theatre hidden in a case Fugue. The mistake is to assume the tape "Live" political panorama of time: it is a psychological portrait of a man in the first place — a hunched, stoop-shouldered, but the survivors. Zhang Yimou not delves into a policy that avoids bias, just follow plot. And that stands for story — that is another matter. He does not invest political tone. In all transformation change the vector of the narrative. Story linking the death of the heroes of the tape to political campaigns, motion picture became the charges of the address of the era gained historical reasons, and sense. In an effort to show the opinion of ordinary Chinese, the Director hoped and believed the film will resonate in the hearts of all the citizens of China — and the poor and the rich. The great master was wrong: the ribbon was banned, seeing it is politically biased emphasis, and the interpretation — undisguised vulgarisateurs.

But film noticed. And success in largely based on the exact choice of the performers of the main roles. GE Yu — externally, eccentric, clumsy — creates a layered look from moving the surface being imposing barchenka to feel the pressure of hardship, taking responsibility for the friends of puppet master - workman. Its ironic image in tune with the tone of the film, in which tragedy is diluted with farce and comic, sometimes thumping into the absurd. The film looks as if Fellini was filming his "Journey" on Chinese soil, adding her story. Man and his fate silently wander through the dusty road. They can not to unsubscribe from a friend or to reproach. This man lives for the sake of life. It and reflects the national trait of the Chinese people — the power of self-preservation. Best inner strength of the protagonist can be demonstrated by using the reed of the essay "Duodecim" — bent from wind, but doesn't break to straighten up again when the storm subsides. In tune with the main character and his wife, in the performance of the modes Whether — soft, submissive, silent, but strong inside. Fugue and he is a puppet, a shadow, guided by someone else's domineering hand, but throughout the film the symbol mimics: dolls disappear, giving place to a little yellow Chicks in hopes to a new, more happy life of the future generations of Chinese.

Kelila Nathanil
16 October 2009 | 02:59

What need to in order to live? Yes nothing... Just desire. Even if Earth will go out of under the feet, a person would live if he wants.

The film presents a collective image of the common Chinese (and maybe any) of the family of the last century. A high position in society and wealth are replaced on poverty. Luxury building a shack. Replaced heads of state and with them and political regimes, ideologies, ways of life. Families are experiencing huge difficulties, but... people find their joy and incentives the most hopeless situations. Because it — live. Time passes, and people live... every day the day watching how the Sun rises. And what to be happy?

Gong Whether starring in a good half of the films of Zhang Yimou, looks great in the role of wife, mother, and then grandma? this in her age to play just such a role. Who can not imagine a hard-Chinese, take a look at Yu Jae in that movie.

The actual film for viewing is mandatory.

9 of 10 (if someone haven't know that the highest score from me)

Buffy Arv
29 December 2013 | 09:13

The history originates in 1940-ies. Fu GUI, carefree young rich man squander his entire fortune and in order to survive, finds a job in a little theater of shadows. A civil war begins. Fu GUI his friend Chunshen force involved in the struggle of Communists and nationalists. Ten years later, family Fu Guya have to participate in a major breakthrough, which should lead China in the number of economic world leaders. In the 1960s, the period of the infamous Cultural revolution inspired by Mao, young red guards smashing the old values, and daughter of Fu the GUI Stajan married the guard. 1970-ies: old age Fu Guya, who along with my wife had these decades are not so much to live, how to survive...

But in the eternal survival Yimou finds a reason for optimism. Through the imposition of historical events on the fate of ordinary Chinese families, it fails to localize epic in scope, but not lose at chief — tragic intensity. And although the damage line solutions and strong emotions (which is different from its famous debut "Red sorghum"), from Yimou at this time is not always possible to control by storytelling, the epic has all the grounds to be considered the Chinese version of "Gone with the wind".

Natural and natural seems to appeal the most famous Chinese film Director of the 1990s to such a large-scale production, reproducing the most dramatic events of national history of the twentieth century. Required material Yimou took in the novel Yu Hua, who previously acted as co-author of the screenplay of Chen Kaige "farewell, my concubine". Playing in the movie actor GE Yu here played the role of the teacher is the Yuan. It is to him and his main Muse, actress Gong Lee, Yimou has entrusted the role of spouses whose fate monitored for over thirty years.

How much has To Live made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $2,332,728.
Who is the director of the movie To Live?
This tv-show was directed by Yimou Zhang.
What is the genre of To Live?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Drama, War, Best War Movies.
Who starred in To Live?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang, Deng Fei.
What is To Live IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 8.3.
When was To Live released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 1994-12-16.