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Huozhe (To Live) / TO LIVE
It Happened Yesterday

The China of the forties. Devoid of both money and family as a result of excessive gambling, Fugui teams up with his friend Chunsheng in a shadow theatre company thanks to which they earn some kind of a living. After the communist victory of the civil war, Fugui gets back together with his estranged wife, Jiazhen. The theatre company contributes to the revolution by boosting people's morale as everyone is participating in the unsuccessful attempt at economic renewal known as the Great Leap Forward. As if things weren't bad enough, the death of Fugui's son in an accident caused by Chunsheng puts a cloud over the couple's happiness. The Cultural Revolution breaks out and the doctors are all sent to work in the countryside, so that when the time comes for Fugui's daughter, Fengxia, to give birth, there are only students to look after her and she dies of a haemorrhage nobody is able to stop. Fugui and Jiazhen, now aged, find their reason to live in the education of their grandchild.
BIOGRAPHY
ZHANG YIMOU Zhang Yimou was born in Xian in 1950. Having studied at the Beijing Film Academy, he debuted with Hong gaoliang (Red Sorghum, 1987), Golden Bear at Berlin. His following films likewise garnered a number of awards: Dahong denglong gaogao gua (Raise the Red Lantern, 1991) and Qiu Ju da guan si (The Story of Qiu Ju, a Chinese Woman, 1992). He was a jury member at San Sebastian Festival in 1997.
CAST & CREW
Director
Zhang Yimou
Screenplay
Lu Wei , Yu Hua
Photography
Lu Yue
Edition
Du Yuan
Music
Zhao Jiping
Cast
Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Guo Tao
Running Time
129 m.
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