Thursday, November 14, 2019

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

To Live (1994)

Xu Fugui: If Youqing does as daddy says,
our lives will get better and better.
Our family is like a little chicken.
When it grows up, it becomes a goose
and that will turn into a sheep.
The sheep will turn into an ox.
Xu Youqing: And after the ox?
Xu Fugui: After the ox is Communism,
and there will be dumplings and meat every day.

A happy 68 to the great director Yimou Zhang today -- even though it's streaming on Netflix I still haven't gotten around to seeing his latest film Shadow yet; have you? It looks unbelievably gorgeous -- replacing the greens of House of Flying Daggers or the reds of Hero or the golds of Curse of the Golden Flower with blacks and grays -- and the fact that it's actually gotten a 4K blu-ray release here in the US tells me it really must be something special...

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