Not One Less (2000)
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as Wei Minzhi
as Zhang Huike
as Village Chief
as Teacher Gao
as TV Receptionist
as TV Host
as Zhang Huike's Mother
as Sun Zhimei
as Mr. Zhang
as Brick Factory Owner
as Bus Station Man
as TV Station Manager
as Train Station Announcer
as Stationery Store Clerk
as TV Station Director
as Restaurant Owner
Critic Reviews for Not One Less
This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.
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.
Small movie, big impact.
Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.
The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.
Audience Reviews for Not One Less
Rating: 82% Dramatic, realistic, and touching, Not One Less is a perfect example of how films should look into real-life problems in the world.
This is a small film. It's probably intended for a domestic Chinese audience. We have a 13 yr old middle school student brought to a small village school to substitute teach for one month. She has no training. She takes the job on the promise of payment. Very young, primary school students have been dropping out to work. These children appear to be about age 10, some younger. She is promised an extra payment if no other students leave while the regular teacher is gone for the month. One boy does leave for a nearby city to look for work. His widowed mother is ill and in debt. The family needs additional income. The 13 yr old teacher sub decides to go find him and bring him back. The movie details her trials and tribulations. The film is mildly interesting. It is set in the 1990s. The contrast between rural and urban Chinese is explored. Our heroine displays extraordinary dedication and effort to finding and retrieving her wayward student. There is an uplifting tenor to the movie and our young heroine as a whole. It was an OK trip to the flics.
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.
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