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Zhang Yimou

Huozhe (To Live)

133' - 1994 - War, Drama - Dialogue: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou Composer: Jiping Zhao With: You Ge, Gong Li, Ben Niu
"Countless Chinese families have endured and survived a turbulent half-century of extraordinary hardships, thanks to the resilience of their will to live and to a fundamentally optimistic attitude that underpins every aspect of their lives. In Lifetimes, I attempt something new in my work: I am trying to show the grass­roots lives of Chinese people from the point of view of an ordinary person. I see these grass-roots lives as the key to understanding the times we live in. Perenially hopeful in the face of difficulties and hard times. That is what living is all about." (Zhang Yimou)

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Zhang Yimou


Jiping Zhao


You Ge, Gong Li, Ben Niu


Wei Lu, Hua Yu

Director of Photography

Yue Lü


Yuan Du


Fu-Sheng Chiu, Funhong Kow, Christophe Tseng

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Countries of production

Hong Kong, China

Screenplay based on

"Huozhe" (Yu Hua)




Zhang Yimou
Raise the Red Latern (1991), The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), Keep Cool (1997), Not One Less (1999), The Road Home (1999), Hero (2002), House of the Flying Daggers (2004), Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009), Under the Hawthorn Tree (2010), The Flowers of War (2011), Coming Home (2014), The Great Wall (2016), Shadow (2018), One Second (2020), a.o.

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