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Dying to Survive (2018)

Wo bu shi yao shen (original title)
A story on how a small drug store owner became the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China.

Director:

Muye Wen

Writers:

Jianv Han, Muye Wen | 1 more credit »
36 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Zheng Xu ... Cheng Yong
Yiwei Zhou ... Cao Bin
Chuan-jun Wang Chuan-jun Wang ... Lv Shouyi (as Chuanjun Wang)
Zhuo Tan ... Liu Sihui
Yu Zhang Yu Zhang ... Yellow Hair
Xinming Yang ... Priest Liu
Yanhui Wang Yanhui Wang ... Zhang Changlin
Naiwen Li Naiwen Li ... Swiss Medical Representative
Beibi Gong ... Cao Ling
Jiajia Wang Jiajia Wang ... Lv Shouyi's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bharat Bhatia ... Cargo Ship Chef
Chenfei Jia Chenfei Jia ... Police
Hao Ning Hao Ning ... Landlord
Keith Shillitoe ... Swiss Ambassador
Qing Wei Qing Wei ... Old lady
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A story on how a small drug store owner became the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dying to Survive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,238, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$5,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$451,182,201
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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film discusses the grey areas under Chinese drug control and the boundary between law and human feelings.
11 July 2018 | by evan9103See all my reviews

This is one of the best Chinese movies in history. The film discusses the grey areas under Chinese drug control and the boundary between law and human feelings. The whole movie has promoted the Chinese society's reflection on the control of drugs for the treatment of severe diseases and the excessively high price. to some extent, it also satirizes the inadequacy of the Chinese government in related issues. in fact, after the movie hit, people enthusiastically discussed related issues on the internet, which has also prompted the Chinese government to further make more positive changes to the inadequacy of current drug control. Such movie themes are rare under the current control system of the Chinese government for movie and TV creation themes. I don't understand at all that one of the comments written by IMDB user thebigsick thinks that the theme of this movie is a cliche, and even thinks that this movie has won good public praise and attention purely by means of propaganda and hype. Sorry, I can't understand why you think that way. The theme of this movie alone is worth thumbs up. Almost all Chinese movies will use a lot of online publicity before and at the beginning of their release. this is a commercial movie, there is no problem with doing so. However, not all movies will gain a good reputation because of hype. if the movie itself is very bad, and only depends on a lot of publicity and hype in the early stage. in less than three days, it will get a lot of bad reviews. Because the audience is not a fool. This movie scored 8.9 points on the well-known Chinese film review website douban movie ( you can understand it as China's IMDB, douban movie is a platform with a lot of credibility in China. many people will refer to douban's score before deciding whether to spend money on a movie,only a very small number of Chinese movies can score more than 7 points on douban ).Within a week of this movie's release, it has accumulated 1.8 billion RMB ( about 27 million us dollars ) in box office. Whether you like it or not, this proves that it is a good movie. So the user thebigsick didn't understand the real meaning of this movie at all, or why Chinese people think it is a good movie.


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