Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mao's Last Dancer

I'm also anxiously awaiting the premier of another movie, also about a ballet dancer, that's based on the true story of a Chinese dancer, Li Cunxin, whose defection to the West in 1981 made international headlines. The Australian movie, "Mao's Last Dancer," will premier October 1. Here's the synopsis, from the movie's website.

"Mao's Last Dancer" stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut as Li. Reviews have said this was the best part of the movie - not only is Cao a gifted actor, but it is refreshing to see a real-life ballet dancer playing the role of a ballet dancer. Finally, we can see the entire body dancing, and not just from the waist down or up!

"Based on Li's best selling autobiography, the movie is the epic story of a young poverty stricken boy from China and his inspirational journey to international stardom as a world-class dancer. The story begins when a young Li is taken from his peasant home by the Chinese government and chosen to study ballet in Beijing.  Separated from his family and enduring countless hours of practice, Li struggles to find his place in the new life he has been given.  Gaining confidence from a kind teacher's encouraging guidance and a chance trip to America, Li finally discovers that his passion has always been dance.

"Mao's Last Dancer" weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life.  The film poignantly captures the struggles, triumphs and the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile."

Here are some interesting reviews that are worth reading!
Christan Science Monitor
Wall Street Journal

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