To Live (1994)
"Huo zhe" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War  |  16 December 1994 (USA)
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After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.



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Cast overview:
Ben Niu ...
Town Chief
Wan Erxi
Deng Fei ...
Xu Youqing
Tao Guo ...
Tianchi Liu ...
Xu Fengxia, as an adult
Zongluo Huang ...
Fu Gui's Dad
Yanjin Liu ...
Fu Gui's Mom
Dahong Ni ...
Lian-Yi Li ...
Sgt. Lao Quan
Xiao Cong ...
Xu Fengxia, as a teenager
Zhang Lu ...
Fengxia, as a child
Yan Su


Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that follow he is pressed into both the nationalist and communist armies, while Jiazhen is forced into menial work. They raise a family and survive, managing "to live" from the 40's to the 70's in this epic, but personal, story of life through an amazing period. Written by docraven

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Release Date:

16 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To Live  »

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SGD 482,000 (Singapore)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is banned in China. However, there are a number of pirate copies you can buy on the street. See more »


Xu Fugui: What did you name our son?
Xu Jiazhen: "Don't Gamble".
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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My Honest Opinion
24 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie that I have ever seen.

I watched this movie because I was taking a class on the politics of China. When I saw that this movie covered such an expansive time period I thought "great, I will learn something." That I did. I cried, I cheered, I stayed up very late... I made my then future husband watch it... he liked it too, not as much as I do.

I tell everyone in conversations about movies that this one is my all time favorite. It took the place of American Beauty, a movie that I have watched about eleven times.

So, I recommend it. If I had a lot of money I would pay people to watch this. It is THAT great.

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