Mao's last dancer

Mao's last dancer

Streaming Video - 2009 | Chinese
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From Academy Award® nominees, director Bruce Beresford (TENDER MERCIES, DRIVING MISS DAISY), comes the remarkable true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin. Based on the best selling autobiography, MAO'S LAST DANCER is the epic story of a young poverty stricken boy from China and his inspirational journey to international stardom as a world-class dancer. The story begins when a young Li is taken from his peasant home by the Chinese government and chosen to study ballet in Beijing. Separated from his family and enduring countless hours of practice, Li struggles to find his place in the new life he has been given. Gaining confidence from a kind teacher's encouraging guidance and a chance trip to America, Li finally discovers that his passion has always been dance. MAO'S LAST DANCER weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. The film poignantly captures the struggles, triumphs and the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile.
Publisher: [United States] : Samuel Goldwyn Films, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 117 min.)) : sd., col

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jazpur
Jun 05, 2017

A beautiful film and a revealing one about Communist China.

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profnot
Dec 27, 2015

Great true story. The ballet dance sequences are marvelous and beautifully filmed.

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gusluck
Apr 14, 2015

Was very pleasantly surprised by this movie. Kept me interested throughout, told an interesting story, took me to beautiful places and environments. Well done, intelligent movie.

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COURIER3
Mar 11, 2015

Excellent all the way. be sure and watch special feature. ~ ~ ~ ~

NewYorkViews Feb 20, 2015

Interesting film based on a true story with a great script, acting, and scenes.

d2013 Oct 17, 2014

A very touching and wonderful story!

theunknownpoet Mar 26, 2014

this movie was so eye onpening and so insightful

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geomillar
Jan 25, 2014

What a joy to watch this excellent movie based on the Li Cunxin Autobiography.
Seamless meshing of the best in Chinese, Australian and American cinematography.
Kudos to all and hearty thanks to EPL for making this gem available to members.

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kljl
Jan 02, 2014

I am surprised at how moved I felt during parts of the movie. I enjoyed it.

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akirakato
Sep 24, 2013

This is a 2009 Australian biographical film based on a true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin.
It starts in the year of 1972, when the 11-year-old Chinese boy lives in a rural village commune in Shandong Province during the Mao's Cultural Revolution.
As often occurred in those times, government officials fanning out across the nation seeking young candidates for centralized training arrive at this school.
At first bypassed but selected after a plea by his teacher during the school visit, Li seems bewildered although piqued by the gruff preliminary inspection screening at the provincial capital city of Qingdao.
Beating impossible odds with his hard work, Li is chosen to go to the States to join the Houston Ballet as an exchange student.
Li's encounters with US life gradually change his way of thinking and he begins a relationship with an aspiring American dancer, Elizabeth Mackey.
Li now wants to get an extension in America, but the Chinese government refuses.
Overwhelmed by the opportunities offered in America and in love with Mackey, Li is determined to stay.
With legal advice that the Chinese government would recognize certain residence rights arising from an international marriage, Li and Mackey rush into a marriage.
To declare personal responsibility for his decision and hopefully avoid consequences for his family, Li visits the Chinese Consulate in Houston.
The Chinese resident diplomat forcibly detains Li in attempt to coerce his return to China.
Unknown to Li, the situation quickly evolves when the media and high level government agents both in the US and China become involved.
Now he must risk everything to remain in the free country.
It is an emotionally-charged, fascinating and tear-jerking epic tale of a peasant boy who becomes a world-renowned ballet dance.

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