“Ma has added a splattering of fantastic imagery” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Film Review Cannes↓
The second film of China-born Canadian filmmaker Johnny Ma, ‘To Live to Sing’ (‘Huo Zhe Chang Zhe’) deals with a Sichuan Opera troupe and its manager’s struggle when her theater is threatened with demolition.
With its depictions of working-class life and all the camaraderie and conflicts that comes with it, To Live to Sing looks like something Ken Loach would approve of. But there’s more to the film than just gritty realism. With tech support from French DP Matthias Delvaux (Golden Horse nominee for Old Beast), art director Zhang Xueqiang and editor Ana Godoy, Ma has added a splattering of fantastic imagery into the film.
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