Watch Mao's Last Dancer: In a village of China, the eleven year-old Li Cunxin is selected by the Communist Party to study ballet at the Madame Mao's Dance Academy in Beijing. Years later, he travels to Houston in a cultural exchange program invited by the artistic director Ben Stevenson and he is promoted to principal dancer of the Houston Ballet. Meanwhile he secretly dates and falls in love with the dancer Elizabeth Mackey. When the China's government asks Li Cunxin to return to his country, he marries Liz and defects to USA. He is forbidden to return to China and has no news of his parents and family. Meanwhile, his marriage with Liz ends and he misses his parents. But five years later, he has a great surprise...

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Ratings: IMDB: 7.40
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Runtime: 117 mins
Genres: Drama Biography Music Romance Action
Director: Bruce Beresford
Actors: Bruce Greenwood Kyle MacLachlan Aden Young Joan Chen Yang Li

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