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To Live

7.9
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Original title
Huozhe (To Live)
Year
Running time
125 min.
Country
China China
Director
Screenwriter
Yu Hua, Lu Wei (Novel: Yu Hua)
Music
Zhao Jiping
Cinematography
Lu Yue
Cast
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Producer
Era International Ltd / Shanghai Film Studios
Genre
Drama | Family Relationships. 1940s. 1950s. 1960s. 1970s. Chinese Cultural Revolution. Gambling
Synopsis / Plot
Fugui is the father of a once-wealthy family whose addiction to gambling and chronic bad luck causes him to lose his home in a game of dice with Long'er. Fugui's wife abandons him, and he finds himself working as a peddler, until the man who now owns his home gives him a pair of shadow puppets. Fugui learns the art of puppetry and travels as a performer; while on the road, he is arrested by Nationalist forces, until he is liberated by advancing Red Army factions, and he comes home to his wife and children as they adapt to the nation's new leadership.
Awards
1994: Cannes: Jury Prize Ecuménico, Best Performance masculina (Ge You)
1994: BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
1994: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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