Not one less

Not one less

DVD - 2000 | Chinese
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A thirteen year old girl becomes the substitute teacher for a month in a remote Chinese village. Barely older than her students, the girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2000]
ISBN: 9780767853514
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 15, 2016

Ostensibly about the plight of China’s one million school dropouts (with a few pointed critiques aimed at rigid bureaucracy and institutionalized poverty), Zhang Yimou’s shameless heart-tugger begins on a sardonic note as an apathetic Wei butts heads with a village chief who seems more concerned about the price of chalk than a quality education. However it soon heads into Frank Capra territory when an entire city comes together to help a teary-eyed Wei find her little lost sheep with hugs and and happy endings all around. But the wistful soundtrack is easy on the ears, scenes of verdant valleys and towering mountains are pretty to look at, and Zhang’s cast of unknown amateurs are just so darn watchable that I got caught up in it even though my better judgement urged me to hit the stop button. Too bad about the awful subtitles.

Apr 02, 2013

English title: Not One Less.

Sep 23, 2010

It like the bibical story "finding the lost sheep"!

Jun 20, 2010

The third viewing offered me little tidbits of brilliance that I had missed before. Just goes to show that Zhang Yimou is as brilliant as they come. He knows how to work with actors and crew to make a film that reads as well on the small screen as it would in a cinema.

May 30, 2010

I love this Zhang Yimou Classic


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