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
The ban on the film was lifted only in September 2008 after Zhang Yimou directed the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. See more »
[playing with chickens]
When will they grow up?
And then... the chickens will turn into geese... and the geese will turn into sheep... and the sheep will turn into oxen.
And after the oxen?
After oxen, Little Bun will grow up.
I want to ride on an ox's back.
You will ride on an ox's back.
Little Bun won't ride on an ox... he'll ride trains and planes... and life will get better and better.
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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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