Maos Last Dancer (Blu-ray)

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A drama based on the autobiography by li cunxin. At the age of 11, li was plucked from a poor chinese village by madame mao's cultural delegates and taken to beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to texas, he fell in love with an american woman.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 221978297
UPC 024543747581
UPC 14 00024543747581
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/26/2011
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Keywords
Biographical
China
Dancers
Love
Period Piece
Rags To Riches
Editors Note
Note 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.
Actors
Kyle MacLachlan
Wang Shuangbao
Joan Chen
Bruce Greenwood
Cast & Crew
Kyle MacLachlan - Star
Wang Shuangbao - Star
Chi Cao - Star
Joan Chen - Star
Bruce Greenwood - Star
Penne Hackforth-Jones - Co-Star
Camilla Vergotis - Co-Star
Madeleine Eastoe - Co-Star
Chengwu Guo - Co-Star
Huang Wen Bin - Co-Star
Jack Thompson - Co-Star
Aden Young - Co-Star
Amanda Schull - Co-Star
Mark Egerton - Assistant Director
Viv Mepham - Makeup Designer
Jan Sardi - Screenwriter
Christopher Gordon - Composer
Peter James - Director of Photography
Simon Cardwell - Photography
Graeme Murphy - Choreographer
Li Cunxin - Source Writer
Katherine Heads - Post-Production Supervisor
Janet Veron - Choreographer
Bruce Beresford - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00024543747581
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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