PG | | Biography, Drama, Music
In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend a ballet summer school in Houston, Texas.
Schull, Amanda who plays Li's wife Elizabeth--the American dancer who leaves him to audition for the San Francisco Ballet--was herself a member of the SF corps de ballet until she retired in 2006.
Li - as an adult:
If I have a dream, it's to be able to go back one day
Li's teacher gave him a video cassette so Li could watch ballets performed by Russian dancers. VCRs only became popular in the west in the mid seventies. It would be impossible for the teacher to have his own copy of video tape in China in the early seventies.
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