StoryFrom Academy Award nominees Bruce Beresford, Jane Scott, and Jan Sardi comes thet remarkable true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin. Mao's Last Dancer stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut as Li. The cast is rounded out by Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen and Amanda Schull.
Based on Li's best selling autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer 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.
|Bruce Greenwood||Ben Stevenson|
|Kyle MacLachlan||Charles Foster|
|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|
|Camilla Vergotis||Mary McKendry|
|Penne Hackforth-Jones||Cynthia Dodds|
|Jack Thompson||Judge Woodrow Seals|
|Christopher Kirby||Mason (as Chris Kirby)|
|Suzie Steen||Betty Lou|
Official URLOfficial Site (USA)
Official Site (JP)
- Genre: Drama Movies
- Director: Bruce Beresford
- Producer: Samuel Goldwyn Films
- Length: 117 Min
- Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical Release North America Aug 20, 2010 Europe Sep 3, 2010 Japan Aug 28, 2010 Australia Oct 1, 2009
Ratings North America PG Japan G Australia PG
Blu-ray Release Japan Jul 8, 2011
DVD Release North America Jul 26, 2011 Japan Jul 8, 2011