Mao's Last Dancer

"Beautiful and compelling...Ballet has never looked so darn sumptuous and appealing!"
Bruce DeMara, TORONTO STAR

Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) celebrates the inspirational true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin in this stunning adaptation of Li’s best-selling autobiography. When granted the opportunity of a lifetime to train with the renowned Houston Ballet, eighteen-year-old Li leaves behind a life of poverty and oppression in Communist China to embark on a transformative journey to the West, where he soars to stardom—and meets the love of his life. But he soon learns that his quest for freedom must come at a price.
Original Languages: English, Mandarin
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 117 min.
Year: 2010

CREDITS

CAST
Amanda Schull ( Elizabeth Mackey )
Bruce Greenwood (Ben Stevenson )
Joan Chen ( Niang )
Kyle MacLachlan (Charles Foster )
DIRECTED BY
Bruce Beresford

TRAILER


PHOTOS

Left to Right: Charles Foster (Kyle MacLachlan), Judge Woodrow Seals (Jack Thompson). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Right: Charles Foster (Kyle MacLachlan). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Charles Foster (Kyle MacLachlan). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Li Cunxin (Chi Cao), Mary McKendry (Camilla Vergotis). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Mary McKendry (Camilla Vergotis), Li Cunxin (Chi Cao). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
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Li Cunxin (Chi Cao). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Elizabeth Mackey (Amanda Schull), Li Cunxin (Chi Cao). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Far Left to FarRight: Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood), Mary McKendry (Camilla Vergotis). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Huang Wen Bin). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Chi Cao). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Niang (Joan Chen). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Chi Cao). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Li Cunxin (Chi Cao), Mary McKendry (Camilla Vergotis). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Chengwu Guo). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Chengwu Guo). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
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Li Unxin (Huang Wen Bein). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Huang Wen Bin). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Huang Wen Bin). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Chengwu Guo). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Li Cunxin (Chengwu Guo). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Dia (Wang Shuang Bao), Li Cunxin (Huang Wen Bin). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Niang (Joan Chen), Dia (Wang Shuang Bao). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right:Dia (Wang Shuang Bao), Niang (Joan Chen). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Left to Right: Li Cunxin (Huang Wen Bin), Dia (Wang Shuang Bao), Niang (Joan Chen). Photo Courtesy of Mongrel Media
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