Monday, March 26, 2012

Mao's Last Dancer (2009) - Bruce Beresford - Reupload

Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

Director: Bruce Beresford
Writers: Jan Sardi & Cunxin Li

Video: XVID | 720x384 | Sound: mpga | Color: Color | Size: 1.6 GB | Runtime: 113 min | Country: Australia | Language: English | Mandarin | Subtitel for Mandarin: English Hardcodet | Genre: Drama

Bruce Greenwood... Ben Stevenson
Kyle MacLachlan... Charles Foster
Joan Chen... Niang
Chi Cao... Li Cunxin - as an adult
Amanda Schull... Elizabeth Mackey
Shuangbao Wang... Dia (as Shuang Bao Wang)
Chengwu Guo... Li Cunxin - as a teenager
Wen Bin Huang... Li Cunxin - as a child
Aden Young... Dilworth
Madeleine Eastoe... Lori
Camilla Vergotis... Mary McKendry
Penne Hackforth-Jones... Cynthia Dodds
Jack Thompson... Judge Woodrow Seals
Christopher Kirby... Mason (as Chris Kirby)
Suzie Steen... Betty Lou
Shu Guang Liang... Jing Tring - 8 yrs
Ye Wang... Cunfar - 14 yrs
Neng Neng Zhang... Gong Mei
and many more...

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. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

Mao's Last Dancer is a brilliantly made movie, thanks to the flawless direction of Bruce Beresford. I had not even heard of this film until I saw a local ad for it. I also didn't know about the book. I watched this movie with eyes wide open! The dancing blew me away, and yes, I have to admit, I cried several times. The story of Li Cunxin is amazing. He is played magnificently by Chi Cao (as an adult), who, I understand, is a well known Chinese dancer in his own right. Bruce Greenwood, which I like very much, plays the role of the Houston Ballet Director with absolute perfection. Several reviews have included the plot of the film, so I'm not going to get into here. I only want to stress to everyone who has not seen this movie, don't miss it!!! And bring a box of hankies...


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