Friday, October 19, 2012
This evening, while the girls watched the apalling Ice Age 4 with our new next door neighbours, Liz and I had our own movie night. Taking the moral high ground, we watched Zhang Yimou's To Live, in German for some reason. It's one of his early ones (1994) and tells the story of husband and wife and their two children, trying 'to live' through China's turbulent mid-20th Century, civil war, Communist victory, the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. So, a story of stuggle and misfortune, politically negative enough to earn Zhang a 2-year ban. It's about time we watched a happy Chinese film.