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Directed by: Bruce Beresford


The inspirational true story of a young boy’s extraordinary journey from poverty to international stardom. From gruelling apprenticeship to classical dancer in communist China, to the glory of creative freedom in America. But, there is a painful price to be paid for his quest for self-expression. Mao’s Last Dancer captures the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity, the pain of exile, and ultimately the triumph of individual endeavour over ideology. “Before you can fly, you have to be free”. (Mao’s Last Dancer Press Kit)

Year: 2009
Country of origin: Australia