Mao's Last Dancer

Mao's Last Dancer

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Director: Bruce Beresford

Cast: Bruce Beresford, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen

     
 

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The true story of Li Cunxin and his journey from rural China to the bright lights of ballet stardom is brought to the screen in this biographical drama from director Bruce Beresford. In 1972, 11-year-old Li Cunxin (Huang Wenbin) is living with his parents, Niang (Joan Chen) and Dia (…  See more details below

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The true story of Li Cunxin and his journey from rural China to the bright lights of ballet stardom is brought to the screen in this biographical drama from director Bruce Beresford. In 1972, 11-year-old Li Cunxin (Huang Wenbin) is living with his parents, Niang (Joan Chen) and Dia (Wang Shuangbao), and six siblings while attending a tumbledown school in Shandog province. Li's life changes when representatives of Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy visit his school, and he is one of several students believed to have promise as a dancer. While life at the school is difficult for Li and many of the instructors are harsh and unforgiving, Chan (Zhang Su) takes the boy under his wing and grooms him into one of the school's star pupils. In 1981, Li (now played by Chi Cao) is chosen to travel to the United States as part of a student exchange with the Houston Ballet Company. Under the tutelage of Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood), the company's director, Li impresses his peers and is given a key role in a televised production of "Die Fledermaus"; despite an attack of stage fright, Li's performance is a triumph. As Li came to love life in the United States, he also falls for an attractive young dancer, Elizabeth (Amanda Schull), and when his time in America draws to a close, he makes the decision to leave his old life behind and pursue a life of personal and creative freedom in America. Also starring Kyle MacLachlan and Camilla Vergotis, Mao's Last Dancer received its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0024543742029
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Time:
1:57:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Greenwood Ben Stevenson
Kyle MacLachlan Charles Foster
Joan Chen Niang
Chi Cao Li (as an adult)
Wang Shuangbao Dia
Chengwu Guo Li (as a teenager)
Huang Wen Bin Li (as a child)
Aden Young Dilworth
Madeleine Eastoe Lori
Camilla Vergotis Mary
Penne Hackforth-Jones Cynthia Dodds
Jack Thompson Judge Woodrow Seals
Amanda Schull Actor

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Nikki Barrett Casting
Li Hai Bin Casting
Anna Borghesi Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Christopher Gordon Score Composer
Sharon Howard-Field Casting
China Geng Ling Co-producer
Troy Lum Executive Producer
Graeme Murphy Choreography
Peter James Cinematographer
Herbert Pinter Production Designer
Jan Sardi Screenwriter
Jane Scott Producer
Janet Veron Choreography
Mark Warner Editor

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Mao's Last Dancer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only are the ballet performances in the moving beyond beautiful, they true life story of choosing freedom at any cost is priceless.