Mao's Last Dancer (2010)
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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
Aug 20, 2010 Wide
May 3, 2011
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Li (as an adult)
Li (as a teenager)
Huang Wen Bin
Li (as a child)
Judge Woodrow Seals
Bruce Beresford's biopic of Li Cunxin, the Chinese ballet dancer who defected while on a student visa in Houston in 1981, is sometimes the movie equivalent of Oscar Meyer cold cuts. But the dancing is pure caviar.
Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.
Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety.
Lovely and astounding, Mao's Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.
Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford.
...somehow makes the extraordinary true story it's based on seem like common corn while succeeding in modest ways.
The script is far too melodramatic, and the performances ... are hamfisted and overwrought.
Mao's Last Dancer is such a profoundly moving story, it's hard not to get drawn in as Li must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for his American dream.
Debuting actor Chi Cao's athleticism is the movie's most striking element.
Ballet is kinda like ice hockey. It's more impressive when you're up close at the real deal. When you're 30 yards away, the snap of a slipper after a 90-lb ballerina lands a glissade is just as impressive as a 290-lb hockey goon hitting the boards.
Mao's Last Dancer is an epic tale of love and betrayal, triumph and heartbreak, that captures the real-life drama and emotion of one man's search for freedom. Well, it almost is.
Whenever Beresford concerns himself with politics or, even worse, personal drama, Dancer falls limply to the ground.
Let the trumpets blare for artistic freedom of expression that is perfectly reflected in this uplifting and moving biopic.
Beresford knows the only way to deal with schmaltz is to just go ahead and embrace it.
There is some lovely ballet in Mao's Last Dancer. And it's great to see Joan Chen on-screen. And I'm out of nice things to say about the movie.
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