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Loved it.  Mao’s Last Dancer is a true story set in both China and the U.S.  A young boy from China basically gets drafted into the Beijing Ballet in service to his country.  He’s feisty and determined.  A representative from the Houston Ballet invites him to the U.S. to study and his life changes dramatically as his eyes are opened to the many possibilities all around him.

The dancing is beautiful, the emotions right there. We grow to love these characters and care deeply about what happens to them, and the stakes are high.  Thought provoking, conversation inducing – this is a little movie that can make a big difference.  See it.

 


 

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Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

PG 117 min - Drama, Romance - 1 October 2009
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At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

Director:  Bruce Beresford
Stars:  Chi Cao, Chengwu Guo, Wen Bin Huang, Joan Chen, Bruce Greenwood, Amanda Schull, Kyle MacLachlan, Jack Thompson, Camilla Vergotis, Madeleine Eastoe, Steven Heathcote, Aden Young, Shuangbao Wang

Storyline

At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.


Tagline: 最后的舞者

Genres: Drama, Romance

Details

Country:   Australia
Language:  普通话, English
Release Date:  1 October 2009

Box Office

Budget:  $25,000,000
Revenue:  $20,719,451

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Great Scott Productions Pty. Ltd.

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 57 min
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