Director: Zhang Yimou
To Live is a great movie to show in a classroom where students are learning about the history of china from the 1940’s to 1980’s. The film starts off in the 1940’s, during the Chinese Civil war, with a rich young man who loves to gamble. After losing everything at gambling he becomes a peasant and has to do a puppet show to make ends meet. While traveling, he and his friend are captured by the revolutionaries and later returned home to find out that he is lucky to be a peasant otherwise he would have been killed for being a rich man. The film leaps a decade into the 50’s where the “Great Leap Forward” begins and how the people are affected by it. It is sort of comical/tragic the things the happen to the main character. The story moves once again decade more and it shows the improvements of the country, however at a great cost. It shows doctors being arrested for being “too educated” and how Mao has become the center of all attention. The movie ends by saying that things are just getting better and better. While having to reflect at what cost.
edited by cgonzalez on 1/9/2016
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