Not One Less

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Zhang Yimou's drama about a teacher in China, Not One Less, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Mandarin soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar that boasts excellent picture quality, and should be of interest to anyone with a passion for Asian cinema. ...
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Zhang Yimou's drama about a teacher in China, Not One Less, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Mandarin soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar that boasts excellent picture quality, and should be of interest to anyone with a passion for Asian cinema.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: Mandarin 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Director Zhang Yimou gained international success in the early 1990s with such works of studied eroticism and cruelty as Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, based in part on the presence of the radiantly beautiful Gong Li. After their collaboration ended with his poorly received Shanghai Triad, Zhang stripped down his style and began making messy, vibrant films that recall the finest works of Italian neo-realism. In Not One Less, Zhang fashions a gentle fable that highlights real failings in China's rapidly changing society. With an assidious attention to the details of everyday life and gritty documentary shooting style, Zhang depicts the dust and desperate poverty of Shuiquan Village while infusing the film with humor, whimsy and even heart-felt patroitism. Wei Minzhi -- a Zhang discovery who bares a passing resemblance to Gong Li -- gives a remarkable performance of as the relentlessly stubborn teenaged pedagogue who settles uneasily into her adult role. When she journeys to the big city to find her errant student, we see through her eyes the dizzying realities of the new urban China populated with such foreign accoutrements as Coca-Cola, Sony TVs, and mass media. When both protagonist and pupil are flat broke and sleeping on the streets, the film seems to be veering in the terrority of such grim urban dramas as Pixote, until -- somewhat improbably -- television, and the kindness of the masses, swoop to the aid of young Wei Minzhi and the film's wrongs are righted. What keeps this film from being overly maudlin and nationalistic is both the universalist scope of the film and Zhang's honest portrayal of his characters. A warm, engaging drama and a snapshot of the bifurcated realities of 1990s China, Not One Less is a modest film by a master director.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • UPC: 043396052758
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wei Minzhi Wei Minzhi
Zhang Huike Zhang Huike
Tian Zhenda Village Chief
Gao Enman Teacher Gao
Sun Zhimei Sun Zhimei
Li Fanfan
Technical Credits
Zhang Yimou Director
Dong Huamiao Costumes/Costume Designer
Cao Jiuping Production Designer
Wu Lala Sound/Sound Designer
Zhai Ru Editor
Ya Te Asst. Director
Zhang Weiping Executive Producer
Shi Xiangsheng Screenwriter
Hou Yong Cinematographer
Zhao Yunyun Producer
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:40]
2. Wei Minzhi [1:47]
3. The curriculum [6:17]
4. 50 Yuan & Bonus [6:06]
5. "Start class." [2:29]
6. Troublemaker [3:32]
7. Zhang on the loose [1:36]
8. Music lesson [1:18]
9. Ming Xinhong [1:37]
10. Missing student [5:34]
11. Zhang Mingshan's diary [2:21]
12. "Say you're sorry." [1:29]
13. Where Zhang went [3:21]
14. Raising bus fare [4:03]
15. The brick factory [4:54]
16. Thirsty workers [2:00]
17. Math lesson [7:27]
18. Wei in the city [:18]
19. "We lost him." [:50]
20. The train station [2:36]
21. The Message Center [2:30]
22. "Attention, please." [2:46]
23. A notice [3:13]
24. No ID [6:32]
25. The station manager [12:49]
26. "Today in China." [1:38]
27. Mission accomplished [5:52]
28. One character each [3:19]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Chinema has to offer

    Zhang Yimou is a director who never fails to deliver. He has captured the most basic of human emotions based upon a true story, used the actual people to be his actors and has shown us that small people can never be under estimated. Zhang Yimou is one of the most under rated, yet one of the most talented directors of our times. His work is akin to Picasso and Van Gogh. This movie had me weeping and yet I had joy and hope in human kind. Truly a masterpiece. A must see for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Your heart will sing & cry... again!

    I'm originally a Chinese-decent, so maybe that's why Not One Less had made such a significant impact on me. The film is high-spirited; the characters/actors are commonly uncommon, and beautifully rendered - they will move you! See the film, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. **The film/language is in Chinese Mandarin, not Vietnamese as stated by B&N.

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