New Release: Mao's Last Dancer Blu-ray and DVD

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the 2009 film Mao’s Last Dancer on Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, 2011, exclusively at Target. The movie was available widely at retail on July 26, 2011.

An inspired drama based on the true story of an ambitious Chinese dancer who leaves his homeland to follow his dreams, the Blu-ray and DVD carries the suggested retail prices of $29.99 and $22.98, respectively.

Based on Li Cunxin‘s best-selling autobiography of the same name, Mao’s Last Dancer recounts the experiences of Li, a peasant boy from rural China who beat near impossible odds to become a world-renowned ballet dancer.

In 1972, 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. Then, during a cultural exchange to Texas in 1979, Li 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.

Directed by two-time Oscar-nominee Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies), the film features three performers portraying Li Cunxin at different times of his life: Wen Bin Huang plays him as a child, Chengwu Guo as a teenager and Chi Cao as an adult.

The film also stars Kyle MacLachlan (Dune) and Bruce Greenwood (Dinner for Schmucks).

Mao’s Last Dancer received a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in August 2010, grossing an impressive $4.8 million at the box office.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray include a making-of featurette as a bonus feature.


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