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Wei Lu (screenplay)
Hua Yu (novel)
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Release Date:
16 December 1994 (USA) See more »
After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

You Ge ... Xu Fugui

Li Gong ... Xu Jiazhen
Ben Niu ... Town Chief

Wu Jiang ... Wan Erxi
Deng Fei ... Xu Youqing

Tao Guo ... Chunsheng
Tianchi Liu ... Xu Fengxia, as an adult
Zongluo Huang ... Fu Gui's Dad
Yanjin Liu ... Fu Gui's Mom
Dahong Ni ... Long'er
Lian-Yi Li ... Sgt. Lao Quan
Xiao Cong ... Xu Fengxia, as a teenager
Zhang Lu ... Fengxia, as a child
Yan Su

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wei Lu  screenplay
Hua Yu  novel
Hua Yu  screenplay

Produced by
Fu-Sheng Chiu .... producer
Funhong Kow .... producer
Christophe Tseng .... producer
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü 
Film Editing by
Yuan Du 
Art Direction by
Juiping Cao 
Production Management
Xiaofeng Hu .... production supervisor
Wenhua Ma .... production manager
Barbara Robinson .... production supervisor
Pingan Wang .... production manager
Jianmin Zhang .... assistant production manager
Zhenyan Zhang .... production supervisor
Art Department
Genlin Ding .... props assistant
Xinming Huang .... assistant art director
Xiong Jiang .... location manager
Liang Li .... assistant art director
Liang Li .... set assistant
Guangming Liu .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Hua Liu .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Xingwen Liu .... artist: leather lamp shadow play
Zhong Liu .... assistant art director
Zhong Liu .... set assistant
Guangtang Meng .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Jinglu Pan .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Zhixiao Qu .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Yulong Shen .... property master
Zhuang Tian .... assistant art director
Pu Wang .... property master
Zhenzhong Wang .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Kuanhou Yang .... artist: traditional shadow play props
Lingen Yuan .... property master
Sound Department
Tomeno Geya .... sound editor
Shinichi Ito .... sound mixer
Koshiro Jinbo .... sound mixer
Masato Komatsu .... sound editor
Yoshihiro Nakayama .... sound mixer
Makoto Ono .... re-recording mixer
Jing Tao .... sound
Hiroshi Yamagata .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Tôru Adachi .... visual effects supervisor (as Malin Post)
Komei Moriyama .... visual effects
Sachiyo Ogawa .... visual effects
Tetsuo Ohya .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Tianming Chen .... gaffer
Changyou Han .... assistant lighting
Huiliang Jin .... assistant lighting
Ali Li .... assistant camera
Linfa Li .... assistant lighting
Changtai Liu .... key grip
Yun Lu .... assistant lighting
Weibing Meng .... chief cameraman
Hong Qi .... assistant camera
Yinfang Shen .... gaffer
Tong Wang .... assistant camera
Weimin Yu .... assistant camera
Li Zhang .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Nobutake Kamiya .... negative editor
Atsushi Nakagawa .... negative editor
Masami Ohashi .... negative editor
Other crew
Hiroyuki Fukushima .... film development
Ryuji Kobi .... film development
Chung-Chu Leung .... production advisor: Hong Kong
Joyce Pierpoline .... publicist
Eiichi Takahashi .... film development
Yicong Wu .... film development

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Huo zhe" - China (original title)
"Life Times" - Hong Kong (English title) (alternative title)
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133 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Clint Eastwood's personal favorite of the competition entries at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival where Eastwood was Jury President.See more »
Xu Fugui:What did you name our son?
Xu Jiazhen:"Don't Gamble".
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Turandot Project (2000)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Such a moving piece, 31 March 2006
Author: jedmalkavian from United States

This movie, which was banned in mainland China for "Questionable" outlooks on the communist party, is one of the best movies I have seen thus far.

It is easy to dismiss this movie as a "Sad period piece," but with another look, one sees that this is a story about triumph... of taking heart in the fact that one lives. The title, "To Live," is very apt, as we see the rises and falls of one small family living through the ups and downs of China during the pre-revolutionary era, the civil war, the Great Leap Forward, the Proletariat Cultural Revolution, and beyond.

This movie is at turns dramatic, humorous, touching, chilling, heart-wrenching, and triumphant. A true roller coaster of emotions, played out in the subtle tones only Chinese film can truly capture.

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