To Live (Huo Zhe) described the difficult life experiences of Fugui and Jiazhen during China’s tumultuous years from the 40’s to the 70’s. Fugui was a wealthy land owner who was pressed into the nationalist, then the communist armies, while Jiazhen was forced to do menial work. The many ironic situations they went through reflected the great changes happened in China. Fugui developed a philosophy of life similar to Ah Q, a fictional figure created by Lu Xun, who is famous for “spiritual victories”, or Euphemism, when faced with extreme defeat or humiliation. The movie conveys a message to its audience that the most important thing in life is to stay alive, and things will become better.
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