Mao's Last Dancer (2010)
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"Mao's Last Dancer" is the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on the best selling autobiography, the film weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. It compellingly captures the struggles, sacrifices and triumphs, as well as the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile.
|Rating:||PG (for a brief violent image, some sensuality, language and incidental smoking)|
|Genre:||Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International|
|Directed By:||Bruce Beresford|
|Written By:||Li Cunxin, Jan Sardi|
|In Theaters:||Aug 20, 2010 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 3, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Mao's Last Dancer
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.
Audience Reviews for Mao's Last Dancer
Not a repeat movie by any means. Some of the melodrama seemed over the top and out of place with his relationship with the girl.
This is one of those must see based-on-a-true-story movies, even if you aren't into ballet. Beautiful. Entertaining. Inspiring.
Oh my god, this is such a bad, melodramatic movie. I wanted to watch this because I thought it was a documentary, but Mao's Last Dancer couldn't be further from that.
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