Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao) (2000)
Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old replacement, Wei Minzhi; much to Teacher Gao's dismay. Teacher Gao cannot stand the thought of losing anymore students: he has already lost twelve to ever-increasing attrition, and he promises Wei an extra 10 yuan if she succeeds in ensuring that upon his return, there will be not one less. Wei's difficult mission to fulfill Teacher Gao's wish and her own concern for the welfare of the children begins. … More
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Critic Reviews for Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao)
This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.
For Chinese viewers, this film will play as a human drama. For Western viewers, there's almost equal interest at the edges of the screen, in the background, in the locations and incidental details that show daily life in today's China.
The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.
That these non-actors are able to so convincingly bring this highly emotional fictional story to life is the true mark of a master filmmaker at work.
no one makes more beautiful films than Zhang Yimou. No one captures the intrinsic character of the Chinese people more indelibly as well
A poignant story of poverty and spirit reminiscent of the great Italian neo-realists.
Not One Less touches the heart in so many subtle ways.
As charming as it is important, Not One Less has all the elements of a great drama: inspiring performances, the ability to make one laugh and cry and a subject matter worthy of further contemplation.
An empowering film for children, showing them at their most capable, working through problems and finding innovative solutions to overcome what seems like an insurmountable obstacle.
A stubborn girl shows her compassion and true grit in a situation where she must shoulder adult responsibilities.
In this touching road movie, the journey, not the destination, is the essence. The roads are rocky and rough and the excursion long and slow, but the trip is ever so worthwhile.
A simple, slice of life tale set in modern-day China from director Yimou Zhang.
Zhang has constructed another startling showcase for a woman under siege that stands nicely beside Ju Dou or Shanghai Triad.
This is the kind of intelligent, probing picture where you get the chance to absorb every detail of the girl's experience, and the director's reserved approach exerts a strong, hypnotic hold.
Audience Reviews for Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao)
Do you have a heart that beats inside your body? If you do, then you will like this film. It starts out a little slow, but gets better in the middle and ends with a powerful climax. Yimou Zhang direction is perfect. He just simply tells the story, and it looks great. There is no ego, or fancy editing. The kids in this film are about the cutest things I've ever seen, and are very true to life. In fact, all of this film is very true to life......and like life, it can be beautiful and sad at the same time.More
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