Mao's Last Dancer (12a)

Director Bruce Beresford. Biography/Drama/Music

The true story of Li Cunxin, who at the age of eleven was plucked from obscurity in the rural Shandong province and whisked off to Peking to be taught ballet, in the era of Mao's Cultural Revolution. After initially struggling, through sheer hard work and perseverance he rises through the ranks to become a principal dancer whose talent is recognised by a visiting American ballet director, who gives the Li the opportunity to work with the Houston Ballet on a groundbreaking cultural exchange. His encounters with US life cause Li to question the Chinese Communist Party dictates upon which he has been raised. Will Li be tempted by the American Dream, or will he remain true to Chairman Mao and continue to toe the party line?

Starring Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood and Kyle MacLachlan

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

This is a wonderful film, everyone enjoyed it and there was even applause from the audience at the end - a first for our film group!

Excellent film, very true to the original autobiography. For those interested in dance and ballet some remarkable footage of both classical and more contemporary ballet. Plenty of interest for the non-dance enthusiast as well.

Mao's Last Dancer is a great film, based on a true story, it is very well presented and our audience loved it.

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