Everyone loves a story of rags to riches, hardship to success and Mao’s Last Dancer is a movie like that. It premiered in the U.S. back in August 2010, and for some reason it’s just being released here in Mexico.
I would like to revisit Li Cunxin’s incredible story of triumph. The movie is based on Cunxin’s true life story which he wrote in his book by the same name.
Mao’s Last Dancer
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.
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Mao’s Last Dancer is a 2009 Australian biographical film, directed by Bruce Beresford, based on ballet dancer Li Cunxin’s autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer. Li Cunxin is portrayed by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Chi Cao, Australian Ballet dancer Chengwu Guo and Huang Wen Bin. The film also stars Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Wang Shuangbao and Amanda Schull.
The film premiered on 13 September 2009, at the Toronto International Film Festival.General release in Australia and New Zealand began on 1 October 2009. It began screening in the United States on 33 screens in August 2010.
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A real life story: Where is Li Cunxin today? Watch and learn where his tenacity and determination have taken him!
Mao’s Last Dancer is a movie worth watching. If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend you read the book too. You can find it at Amazon.com.
Let us know what inspired you most about Li Cunxin’s story by commenting below. Until next time!