Mao’s Last Dancer


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Poster for the film Mao's Last Dancer with a man in a dance pose on a black background.

Mao’s Last Dancer

A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin.

Year: 2009

Duration: 117 minutes

Genre: Biography/Drama/Music

Classification: PG

Writer: Jan Sardi

Producer: Jane Scott

Director: Bruce Beresford

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.