Watching To Live was a very interesting experience, and I am not surprised that it was met with so much controversy by the Chinese government. The portrayal of the Communist Government was eye-opening, and I thought it was especially interesting to see the juxtaposition of the transformation of China’s status quo and the transformation of Fugui’s character. Seeing China change through Civil War, the Great Leap Forward, and its own Cultural Revolution helped give me more clarity into exactly what was happening in China, especially because those are topics that I haven’t spent much time on in previous history classes. Certainly, one aspect of the movie that will stick with most people (and was definitely the topic of conversation after viewing it) was the personal tragedy and sadness that occurred throughout the film for Fugui’s family. What stuck with me, however, was Fugui’s speech that he repeats at the end of the film for his grandson, alluding to the idea that everything was going to get better, and that with time, China would turn into a better place for a child to grow up in. This transition period for China is a vital one, and Fugui knows that there is light at the end of the tunnel. As the family sits down for dinner, the audience is shown how even through difficult life experiences, the Chinese family was still tight-knit.