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This was indeed an inspirational true story in every sense of the word. Beautifuly told and shot.
|7/10||shazjoao@ - 1723 reviews|
An amazing and moving story, great performances and wonderful dance sequences.
|9/10||rlandi@ - 4 reviews|
6.3.2011 - age: 50+
I was born in china, and raised there. Read the book, my parents were the teacher of Central Ballet of Beijing, i.e. the school he went. He was just a student, not even an employee, no way for Mao's wife to see his show. This is made up by himself. He did stayed in Houston after the exchange finishes. And the story of vice president and Dengxiaoping involved in this, this is another madeup. Nobody knows him, actually in China, even in states, there were quiet a few big stars stayed in states before him, they were real stars, he put the story of these a few people on himself. Anyway, americans like the story, and spend money to see it.
|3/10||reaganliu@ - first review|
22.10.2010 - age: 36-49
An amazing journey that will take your breath away. Much recommended experience for cultured people. Bravo to all who contributed to this amazing piece of work!
|10/10||andrey.omelchak@ - first review|
16.10.2010 - age: 26-35
The first time I take the time to write a comment or rate a movie, WOW, this is an incredible story extremelly well done by all the actors.
|10/10||yca.yul@ - first review|
4.10.2010 - age: 26-35
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Very emotional, especially the part where the parents walk onto the stage. Before that, his biggest fear was whether his parents were still alive. With his natural talent and years of practice, his ballet was amazing!
|9/10||wschow@ - 10 reviews|
16.9.2010 - age: 50+
Excellent, intelligent film! Must see.
|9/10||celinecoucou@ - 2 reviews|
14.9.2010 - age: 36-49
This movie is very inspirational, a must see movie.
|9/10||manon.belisle@ - first review|
12.9.2010 - age: 36-49
As good as the cast and story is, the movie itself fell short of being good/great. The performance of chi was honest and truthful. However, the cinematography felt somewhat cheap. The screenwriting also fell short for me. I guess to me the movie's message basically promoted capitalism vs communism. One of the hard parts for me was how we skimmed through his childhood going straight to his time in america pretty quickly. The parents are never developed to any significant extent even when they arrive to America for the first time. All the same, the story is truly great and inspiring but the movie could have been done better.
|7/10||sacoca_@ - 653 reviews|
12.9.2010 - age: 26-35
Amazing true story!! I cried three times during the movie... very affectionate... must see.
|9/10||bibididi@ - first review|
11.9.2010 - age: 36-49
Beautiful movie = a very touching story.
|10/10||coletteboright@ - first review|
10.9.2010 - age: 50+
One of the the best movies I have seen in years. Beautiful, masterful. For anyone who has a concern about this being a "dance movie" it is not. Whether or not you enjoy ballet has little bearing on the high level of enjoyment you will derive from this film.
|10/10||monday1956@ - 3 reviews|
10.9.2010 - age: 50+
I'm so glad I went to see it! It is an amazing movie of about a Chinese boy who went through many life-changing experiences. Even though it is a little long, it never bores you, it takes you through a roller-coaster of emotions, laughing to crying. And the dancing, amazing and very enjoyable to watch.
|9/10||maroo89@ - 49 reviews|
9.9.2010 - age: 18-25
If you are from China or learning chinese, it's a must! The dance pieces are wonderful!!! The translation is very well done.
|10/10||mandmscott15@ - first review|
31.8.2010 - age: 26-35
I really loved the movie as it shows courage, confidence and bravery throughout the male dancer. Dancing is a wonderful way of getting confidence and joyfulness. Yes ballet is difficult. More difficult than other dances. I found one scene in which he trys to do a flexibility test with his legs and the teacher calls him a pighead for no reason just because he's not strong enough. To me that was tense. Toward the end, he says "Don't ever call me a pighead again. I'm not a pighead." This movie was really emotional and very well done with the acting and the dancing. It deserves a big 10 out of 10.
|10/10||sunshine26@ - first review|
30.8.2010 - age: 26-35
A great movie, romance and historic events.
|9/10||alain.pierre1@ - 12 reviews|
22.8.2010 - age: 50+
Wow. Just an absolutely beautiful and TOUCHING movie. The dancing in it is also wonderful. Really makes you appreciate the art of ballet and dancing. Everyone should go and see this movie.
|10/10||atheral416@ - 7 reviews|
21.8.2010 - age: 18-25
One of my favorite movies of all time. This dancer truly is the epitome of persistency.
|10/10||cheng_martin@ - 14 reviews|
7.8.2010 - age: 26-35
One word: beautiful. This movie has so much beauty, in the story, in the directing, in the cinematography, in the acting. This was a masterpiece and completely deserves a 10/10 on my scale, without hesitation. I highly recommend seeing this movie in theaters to fully experience it as well as to encourage this little known movie. Bruce Greenwood delivers an absolute knockout performance. I've always loved him as an actor, both as the good guy (13 Days) and the bad guy (Double Jeopardy) But this is a Bruce Greenwood I had never seen before, a phenomenal tour de force. If you love true stories that touch the heart, go see it now. If you love historical dramas, go see it now. If you love artistic movies, go see it now. If you love movies that are storyline and character driven as opposed to budget and star-power driven, go see it now.
|10/10||rimbaud1972@ - 239 reviews|
2.8.2010 - age: 36-49
One of those rare brilliant movies, I strongly recommend... Made my cry!
|10/10||john514@ - first review|
1.8.2010 - age: 18-25
Wonderful and tear-bringing. However, clearly embellished "true story" with the rags to riches and happy ending. An absolute must for the lovers of ballet.
|8/10||paulina_kai@ - 9 reviews|
23.7.2010 - age: 18-25
It sucks. I haven't seen a movie that bad.
|1/10||oliviersalko@ - first review|
19.7.2010 - age: 13-17
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Wow. Terrific, terrific movie. Entertaining from start to finish. I love how they don't even bother to subtitle the small talk, that's a nice touch. I think the scene in the Chinese consulate has to be one of the most stressful movie sequences I've seen in recent history. Great, great movie. Tearjerker too.
|9/10||patrick.sullivan@ - 260 reviews|
18.7.2010 - age: 26-35
Truly awesome. Well written, well acted... amazing!!! A must see! And these comments are after reading the book... Most movies don't live up to the book... this movie did!
|10/10||bubaloo@ - 9 reviews|
17.7.2010 - age: 50+
Wow!!! One of the best movies I have ever seen. Believe me. I have seen a lot of movies in my lifetime. It's tops in every category; acting, directing, cinematography, editing, you name it, it's the greatest!!!
|10/10||rsjagla@ - first review|
16.7.2010 - age: 50+
A very, very good movie. This kind of movie reminds you that, sometimes, a true story can be better than fiction. Don't miss this movie!
|9/10||bernlarouche@ - 52 reviews|
16.7.2010 - age: 36-49
Engrossing story line based on real life experience. Good acting, direction and set design. Wish there were more films like this one.
|9/10||thakurj@ - first review|
10.7.2010 - age: 50+
If you've missed this movie or if you refuse to see this movie, you are missing a 'jewel in the crown'. All I was able to say for an hour after I left was " unbelievable." If you like ballet, or even if you do not like ballet, see this movie. It will inspire you.
|10/10||howardw2112@ - 49 reviews|
8.7.2010 - age: 50+
Very touching true story - unfolds gently - always engrossing. One of th best movies I have seen in a long time. Not to be missed.
|8/10||m.mindel@ - first review|
6.7.2010 - age: 50+
It's not perfectly done, but the focus on 'the dance' part his life draws you closer and closer into his love of the art and the opportunity that it grants him. Even if you do not love ballet you cannot help but be moved by his passion.
|9/10||canuckpilot@ - 24 reviews|
I saw the reviews and went to see the movie. It's amazing. I love it. Both the story and the actors are great. There are scenes that make you laugh... scenes that make you cry. The dance is really fantastic. A must see. Trust me!
|10/10||tw388388@ - 2 reviews|
2.7.2010 - age: 50+
Probably the best movie I have seen in years. Was sorry when it was over. The topic, acting and dancing were amazing. Truly a "feel good" experience.
|9/10||countrygrammi@ - first review|
30.6.2010 - age: 50+
Wonderful, captivating movie, the first time I've heard people clap at the end of a movie.
|10/10||penguinlover@ - 4 reviews|
28.6.2010 - age: 50+
This is not a genre I would normally see. The reviews were so compelling I checked it out. I am pleased to confirm all that has been said and then some. It remided me somewhat of the Ray Charles Biography. You have a brilliant entertainer who is realistically shown i.e. warts and all. Both stories are thoroughly engaing and unpredictable. I highly recommend this, even to those put off by this genre.
|9/10||report@ - 21 reviews|
26.6.2010 - age: 50+
A really good movie. But the ending was kind of rushed.
|8/10||xiaoyiren1993@ - first review|
24.6.2010 - age: 13-17
It's a very nice movie, even you know nothing about dance. The way the Chinese male dancer chase his love and his goal of freedom is very touching. A must see.
|10/10||zack.c.wfg@ - first review|
22.6.2010 - age: 26-35
Excellent movie!!! Simply gorgeous I've red the book and the movie touched me emotionally also.
|10/10||thaisgf04@ - first review|
20.6.2010 - age: 26-35
From the gripping story to the heartbreaking losses and stunning dance, this film has it all...
|9/10||sharenej@ - first review|
19.6.2010 - age: 50+
Excellent story and brilliantly shown. While showing the dicotomy of politics between China and the US, it adeptly avoided the temptation to vilify one over the other and kept the focus on the dancer and the decisions he made and obstacles he had to overcome. Well done!
|9/10||c_viewer@ - 32 reviews|
14.6.2010 - age: 36-49
The fim is focusing on the personnality of the main actor-dancer, Chi Cao. And this personnality is really amazing. He is a prodigious dancer, shows a personality both strong and modest. Thanks to him, it emanates fomr the film an aura of courage, determenition. WE go of it, feeling extremely good about ourselves, and the world. Thank you Chi Cao.
|10/10||scaredulysse@ - 3 reviews|
14.6.2010 - age: 50+
I have no excuse for not giving this amazing movie a 10. Based on a true story, it begins with flashbacks from the past and reaches a climax in the present (1981) The director has skillfully and smoothly developed the sequence of events in the dancer's life, at times with a touch of humour... definitely one of the best movies I've seen lately.
|10/10||ramteen.rezai@ - 4 reviews|
12.6.2010 - age: 36-49
The Story? Extremely good The actors (dancers) extremely good The photography: very good Duration? The 1.9 hours felt like one hour. It deserves five stars.
|9/10||jwmcorber@ - first review|
9.6.2010 - age: 50+
I enjoyed the movie very much. Well done.
|9/10||terimartinson@ - 3 reviews|
Excellent movie, touching story about perseverance!
|9/10||adjafal@ - first review|
7.6.2010 - age: 18-25
Simply amazing... You've gotta see it.
|10/10||garycool69@ - first review|
7.6.2010 - age: 18-25
A beautiful movie based on a true story! A must see! If you like ballet, you will enjoy it even more!
|8/10||tigre62@ - 61 reviews|
5.6.2010 - age: 36-49
This is a nicely told inspiring story, with some solid acting and well shot ballet sequences. Not a masterpiece but well worth a viewing.
|7/10||comi2@ - 108 reviews|
5.6.2010 - age: 50+
Wow! A beautiful story, and what a lesson of courage and detemination.
|9/10||slemieux@ - 2 reviews|
5.6.2010 - age: 36-49
This was a beautiful movie. Loved every minute of it. I never thought I would enjoy ballet so much.
|10/10||patriciamills@ - 11 reviews|
4.6.2010 - age: 50+
A great movie to watch. I cried and cried at the end it really touch me. Human feelings and insecurities can be overcome.
|10/10||monicacodina@ - first review|
4.6.2010 - age: 26-35
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