Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that follow he is pressed into both the nationalist and communist armies, while Jiazhen is forced into menial work. They raise a family and survive, managing "to live" from the 40's to the 70's in this epic, but personal, story of life through an amazing period.
WIKI: 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. Zhang Yimou was also banned from filmmaking for two years.
To Live was screened at the 1994 New York Film Festival before eventually receiving a limited release in the United States on November 18, 1994.
Watch the whole thing in 20 parts - (IT JUST MIGHT BE THE BEST ADVICE ON HOW TO HANDLE THE COMING TIMES... SIGH):