To Live

Director - Zhang Yimou

Genre - Drama

A grandiose, ambitious epic. The story is set in the early days of communism in China. We are introduced at the start to a gambling addict who seems hell-bent on wasting away his father's riches. Drafted into the ensuing war, he gradually changes when faced with insurmountable tribulations. What is so great about this is that it isn't for or against communism. It simply lets the characters and circumstances piece together a remarkable tale of survival.


All about To Live


What i really like about your reviews is your appreciation for movies made in the far east, ie China, Hong Kong (though its also part of China, but Hong Kong flicks have a distinct feel) and Korea.Oftentimes critics tend to ignore movies made in these countries.
What i would really like to see is reviews of some Indian movies.Though on an average Indian movies are not on par with those made in US or Europe, but the good ones do deserve appreciation.And there have been quite a few wonderful movies made in this part of the planet (Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak,etc.).
Thanks for your appreciation buddy. Will definitely look for those films that you recommended if we've got the opportunity.
celinejulie said…
I saw this film long time ago and can't remember much about it. But I remember that I was quite shocked by what happened near the end of TO LIVE. The situation in China at that period was really bad.
Keith said…
I love this movie... one of Yimou's best. Up there with Raise the Red Lantern and the rest of his brilliant earlier stuff.

And it's interesting that you have a pic of the Japanese poster... I've never seen that one before. It's cool.
Hi Keith, thanks for the comment and appreciation of the poster. It's really hard to find it though. :)