Mao’s Last Dancer is a drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village and sent to Beijing to study ballet during the last years of the cultural revolution. The film explains how Li’s amazing life took him the United States as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet, and then on to Australia as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.
Filmed on location in Australia and Beijing, Mao’s Last Dancer premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is set for release in Australia today.
Unfortunately the film won’t be released in China, however I recommend you get your hands on the book.