One of the best films of 1994, To Live is a bold, energetic masterpiece from Zhang Yimou, the foremost director from China's influential "fifth generation" of filmmakers. Continuing his brilliant collaboration with China's best-known actress Gong Li (their previous films include Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern), Zhang weaves an ambitious tapestry of personal and political events, following the struggles of an impoverished husband and wife (Ge You, Gong Li) from their heyday in the 1940s to the hardships that accompanied the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. They raise two children amidst a Communist regime, surviving numerous setbacks and yet managing, somehow, to live. Both intimate and epic, Zhang's film encompasses the simplest and most profound realities of Chinese life during this controversial period, and for their honesty, Zhang and Gong Li faced a two-year ban on future collaborations. To Live is a testament to their art, transcending politics to celebrate the tenacity of ordinary people in the wake of turbulent history. --Jeff Shannon
L'envoi a été rapide et soigné. Merci beaucoup! C'est juste dommage qu'il n'y ait pas de version française disponible...
This film completely butchers, rearranges, and rewerites an incredibly moving novel. I suggest that you read the book first.Published on March 29 2004 by C. M. Pritchard
To Live is a masterful project and deserves the best praises for foreign cinema. It touches every emotion possible in its depiction of one family's faults and successes; life as... Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by vannie osborne
IT IS A GOOD MOVIE ,YOU HAVE TO SEE.I WISH YOU LIKE ITPublished on Feb. 18 2004 by IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
This is among the greatest of Asian films. It received two Cannes Film Festival awards (Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor). Its director has been previously nominated for an Oscar. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by E. Chu
To Live is the best Chinese film I have ever seen. It gives a wonderful view of modern Chinese history, with as honest a perspective as can be hoped for. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Shelly Bryant
This film is perhaps one of my favorites of all time. It is nothing short of beautiful, tragic, inspiring and extremely involving. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by J. H. I.