"To Live (Chinese: t 活著, s 活着, p Huózhe), also titled Lifetimes in some English versions, is a Chinese epic film directed by Zhang Yimou in 1994, starring Ge You, Gong Li, and produced by the Shanghai Film Studio and ERA International. It is based on the novel of the same name by Yu Hua. Having achieved international success with his previous films (Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern), director Zhang Yimou's To Live came with high expectations. It is the first Chinese film that had its foreign distribution rights pre-sold. The film was banned in mainland China by the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television due to its critical portrayal of various policies and campaigns of the Communist government. In addition, Zhang was banned from filmmaking for two years. ..."
1994 Zhang Yimou film telling the struggles of a Chinese family from the 1940s through the Cultural Revolution
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"Follows a common family from the 1940s in China through civil war, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Focusses on the resilience of family in the face of political madness."