Mao's Last Dancer PG

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Mao's Last Dancer
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Format:  DVD
item number:  XTXB 06663D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 26, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: 20Th Century Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: The making of Mao's Last Dancer
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Photography by
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 76


User Ratings: 6,172
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety. Full Review
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sep 3, 2010
Rating: 86/100 -- ...somehow makes the extraordinary true story it's based on seem like common corn while succeeding in modest ways. Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Oct 15, 2010
Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.
Hollywood Reporter
Sep 10, 2010
Rating: 3.5 -- Missteps prevent ballet drama from reaching great heights. Full Review
Dec 24, 2010
Powerfully compelling and passionate, MAO'S LAST DANCER is a celebration of the human spirit, aiming for the heart and hitting it every time. Full Review
Behind The Lens
Nov 6, 2019
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. Full Review
Sep 21, 2010
Too often, though, the film plods along on the ground. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
Aug 27, 2010

Product Description:

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 students believed to have promise as a dancer. While life at the school is difficult for Li and many of the instructors are harsh and unforgiving, Chan (Zhang Su) takes the boy under his wing and grooms him into one of the school's star pupils. In 1981, Li (now played by Chi Cao) is chosen to travel to the United States as part of a student exchange with the Houston Ballet Company. Under the tutelage of Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood), the company's director, Li impresses his peers and is given a key role in a televised production of Die Fledermaus; despite an attack of stage fright, Li's performance is a triumph. As Li came to love life in the United States, he also falls for an attractive young dancer, Elizabeth (Amanda Schull), and when his time in America draws to a close, he makes the decision to leave his old life behind and pursue a life of personal and creative freedom in America. Also starring Kyle MacLachlan and Camilla Vergotis, MAO'S LAST DANCER received its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.



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  • UPC: 024543747598
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