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To Live Contemporary Chinese films are fast becoming clichés as they repeatedly recount how decent people coped with the country's radical political...To LiveForeign Language, DramaUnrated Contemporary Chinese films are fast becoming clichés as they repeatedly recount how decent people coped with the country's radical political...1995-08-18Samuel Goldwyn Films
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To Live

Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Gong Li, Ge You; Director: Zhang Yimou; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Contemporary Chinese films are fast becoming clichés as they repeatedly recount how decent people coped with the country’s radical political changes earlier in this century. To Live, a sentimental story of a sweet couple (Ge You and Gong Li) who struggle through upheavals (war, the death of a child, death in childbirth, ill health), with its committed performances and straightforward style, is essentially epic melodrama. Yet, in the skilled hands of director Zhang Yimou, this too-familiar material becomes eminently watchable. B

Originally posted August 18 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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