Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mao's Last Dancer

One of the benefits of living in the greater DC area is being able to see movies that wouldn't normally run in South Carolina. Richard and I went to see Mao's Last Dancer Friday night (it was my turn to pick), and it was one of the best movies we have seen in some time. It's about Li Cunxin, who was picked by the Chinese government to train in Beijing to be a ballet dancer. He comes to Houston, TX to train with the Houston Ballet, then decides he doesn't want to return to Communist China. The movie shows his struggle with that choice and movingly portrays his life in China through flashbacks and his adaptation to life in America, while fighting the desire of the Chinese consul for him to return home. Worth renting once it comes out!

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