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Not One Less (2000)

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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.

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Cast

Wei Minzhi
as Wei Minzhi
Zhang Huike
as Zhang Huike
Tian Zhenda
as Village Chief
Gao Enman
as Teacher Gao
Feng Yuying
as TV Receptionist
Li Fanfan
as TV Host
Liu Hanzhi
as Zhang Huike's Mother
Sun Zhimei
as Sun Zhimei
Zhang Yichang
as Mr. Zhang
Xu Zhanqing
as Brick Factory Owner
Ma Guolin
as Bus Station Man
Wu Wanlu
as TV Station Manager
Liu Ru
as Train Station Announcer
Wang Shulan
as Stationery Store Clerk
Fu Xinmin
as TV Station Director
Bai Mei
as Restaurant Owner
Jiao Jie
as Student
Rong Huimin
as Student
Sun Zhiwei
as Student
Ming Xinhong
as Student
Tian Xuewei
as Student
Li Mei
as Student
Li Lingyu
as Student
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Critic Reviews for Not One Less

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With Not One Less, Zhang Yimou has fashioned what feels like an uncannily accurate portrait of a culture where Communist ideology has vanished like a brief dream, as traditional community values clash with the burgeoning cult of money.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Small movie, big impact.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: A-

Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5

The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.

January 1, 2000

It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Not One Less

Lovely film about a teacher's mission to ensure that children are still educated when he is challenged with a personal responsibility for a month.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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