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The Chinese film To Live gives a glimpse of a culture somewhat similar to ours while at the same time being incomparable From the political system to the way of rearing children can be seen in effect throughout the film Some parts just had me shaking my head in shock and disbelief The culture I saw displayed was one based entirely on communism Everyones life revolved around it dominating them The film does not start out as such it begins with Fugui gambling away his familys possessions and before long the screen is overrun with reds eg communist soldiers And a new government is being instituted those who choose not to cooperate are killed as is the man Fugui lost his house to gambling They shot him 5 times for not sharing the house At one point Fugui tells his second child Fengxia that the chick will grow into a goose the goose into a sheep the sheep will turn into a ox and the ox the ox will turn into communism And everyday well have dumplings and chicken Explaining to his son the belief that communism is their salvation so to speak that only good things can come from it Fuguis first born is married in a scene that screams communist propaganda The entire wedding revolves around Chairman Mao and the communist party a song depicting how great Mao is is sung The gifts are red books and framed pictures of Mao In the wedding photo the is one of Mao and a quote the working class is the way the family must hold their red books with pride while standing behind a red cutout of a ship that is leading the way for communism I just could not believe that a song was song in praise of Chairman Mao and the communist party The wedding just revolved entirely around Mao and communism Followers of the communist way are soon found under
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