The East Dances into History

Posted: March 1, 2012 in movie
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“Mao’s Last Dancer” is an inspiring historical drama.

But first off, I must reveal my only complaint about the movie. Being from Houston, I noticed several mistakes in the first few minutes of the movie. For some reason, the director uses multiple stereotypes of a cowboy for each character.

Besides during the rodeo, western hats are not commonly seen in Houston. Also the movie mention the Houston Oilers which is the football team that has not existed since the late ’90s. Yet in the next scene, the Houston Aquarium, which wasn’t built until 2003, is clearly spotted in the background. Not knowing about the Houston Aquarium, is like living on the beach and not knowing if there is a boardwalk near by.

These things were enough to distract me that I almost stopped watching the movie. I am glad I did not because I enjoyed learning about the struggles Li Cunxin faced in his lifetime. An interesting fact I discovered is this movie is the autobiography of Li Cunxin. (Li wrote the movie; he did not direct the movie.)

Li is world-famous dancer from the People’s Republic of China. He grew up in a large family in a poor village until he was picked to live in the capital to bring honor to China. As he begins to question to the rules of his homeland, he finds himself in an international dispute. There is several dance pieces throughout the movie. “Mao’s Last Dancer” can be found on Netflix for a limited time.

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