Graceful though conventional and melodramatic biopic of Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin, who defected in 1981 after living in Houston as a cultural exchange student. Flashbacks depict Li's rural childhood and training in Beijing and the restrictions Communism forces on his art. Adapted from the dancer's autobiography. Lead dancer/actor Chi is himself a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy. English and Mandarin with subtitles.
Bruce Beresford's Mao's Last Dancer is a well-intentioned slice of melodrama but all the good intentions in the world can't hide the film's many, many flaws. This is the kind of drama that critics used to compare to made-for-TV movies but the sad fact is that most HBO and even ...Read More