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To Live

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Original title
Huozhe (To Live)
Running time
125 min.
China China
Yu Hua, Lu Wei (Novel: Yu Hua)
Zhao Jiping
Lu Yue
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Era International Ltd / Shanghai Film Studios
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.
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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