• Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

Mao's Last Dancer

Release Date: August 20th, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 29th, 2011

PG |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

The ballet life of Li Cunxin begins when he 11, taken from his peasant family in rural China to train in Beijing, and he defects to the United States as a cultural exchange student as a young man.

Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Chi Cao, Amanda Schull, Wang Shuangbao, Camilla Vergotis, Zhang Su

Director: Bruce Beresford

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Great Scott Productions Pty. Ltd.

Keywords: Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    The degree to which they are willing to share their bodies with the world, seeming to reach out for it with each impossible extension, drawing it in with every reeling arabesque, suggests a desire for engagement that is visceral, human, and true in all the ways this film is not. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Like most films in this underdog genre, the emotional manipulation of the audience is constant and obvious. show more

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