To Live

To Live

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Director: Zhang Yimou

Cast: Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben

     
 

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This award-winning drama from China has been given a solid presentation on DVD. To Live has been given a widescreen transfer in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the image is letterboxed on conventional televisions, and enhanced for widescreen playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original Mandarin-language audio track has been mastered in Dolby Digital SurroundSee more details below

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This award-winning drama from China has been given a solid presentation on DVD. To Live has been given a widescreen transfer in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the image is letterboxed on conventional televisions, and enhanced for widescreen playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original Mandarin-language audio track has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround Stereo, with optional English and French-language subtitles available, as well as closed captioning in English. As a bonus, the film's theatrical trailer has been included as well.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou's 1994 epic tracks a rocky marriage through the equally perilous historical era of China's Communist takeover. In the 1940s, Fugui (Ge You) and his wife, Jiazen (the ravishing Gong Li), quarrel over Fugui's incredible lack of luck; he loses the family fortune in a Mandarin version of craps. After a humiliating time hawking thread on the streets, Fugui learns puppetry only to be arrested by the Nationalist army. The country's political changes then commence as Fugui attempts to change his own ways, despite seemingly unending hardships that continually threaten his family. Stretching all the way into the 1970s, To Live sports an incredible palette of vivid colors and episodes -- of particular note is a breathtaking sequence of the waning Nationalist grunts slogging it through the snow. But Zhang never loses sight of the structure that he sets in motion from the outset: The anatomy of the marriage is as thoroughly plumbed as anything in world cinema this side of Ingmar Bergman. Gong Li is, not surprisingly, working at her most teeth-clenching and soulful best, though it was Ge You who clinched the Best Actor prize at Cannes.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0027616887535
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; Original Mandarin Chinese: Stereo Surround; English, French and Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ge You Fugui
Gong Li Jiazhen
Niu Ben Town Chief
Guo Tao Chunsheng
Jiang Wu Erxi
Ni Dabong Long'er
Liu Tianchi Fengxia, as an adult
Deng Fei Youqing

Technical Credits
Zhang Yimou Director
Kow Fu-Hong Executive Producer
Chiu Fu-Sheng Producer
Yu Hua Screenwriter
Dong Huamiao Costumes/Costume Designer
Tao Jing Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Zhao Jiping Score Composer
Cao Jiuping Art Director
Barbara Robinson Associate Producer
Hu Shaofeng Production Manager
Christophe Tseng Executive Producer
Lu Wei Screenwriter
Du Yuan Editor
Lu Yue Cinematographer
Zhang Zhenyan Production Manager

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Gambler
2. Nothing Left to Lose
3. Out of House and Home
4. New Life in Puppetry
5. The Freezing Warriors
6. Running to Be a POW
7. Silently Carry Water
8. Arbitrary Enemies
9. 1950s/Iron Contribution
10. Youquing Fights Back
11. The Joke's on Daddy
12. Mustn't Be Backward
13. A Little Life Owed
14. 1960s/Matchmakers
15. A Great Event
16. Mother-to-Be
17. Chunsheng Pays His Debt
18. Borth Without Doctors
19. The Curse of Little Bun
20. One Year a Photo/Credits

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