Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao)
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Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao)
Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old replacement, Wei Minzhi; much to Teacher Gao's dismay. Teacher Gao cannot stand the thought of losing anymore students: he has already lost twelve to ever-increasing attrition, and he promises Wei an extra 10 yuan if she succeeds in ensuring that upon his return, there will be not one less. Wei's difficult mission to fulfill Teacher Gao's wish and her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"That these non-actors are able to so convincingly bring this highly emotional fictional story to life is the true mark of a master filmmaker at work."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Not One Less touches the heart in so many subtle ways."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"A stubborn girl shows her compassion and true grit in a situation where she must shoulder adult responsibilities."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"In this touching road movie, the journey, not the destination, is the essence. The roads are rocky and rough and the excursion long and slow, but the trip is ever so worthwhile."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"For Chinese viewers, this film will play as a human drama. For Western viewers, there's almost equal interest at the edges of the screen, in the background, in the locations and incidental details that show daily life in today's China."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"no one makes more beautiful films than Zhang Yimou. No one captures the intrinsic character of the Chinese people more indelibly as well"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"As charming as it is important, Not One Less has all the elements of a great drama: inspiring performances, the ability to make one laugh and cry and a subject matter worthy of further contemplation."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"The best film released in America so far this year."
‑ Tom Block,
"Wei Minzhi is delightfully unprepared for her role."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A poignant story of poverty and spirit reminiscent of the great Italian neo-realists."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"An empowering film for children, showing them at their most capable, working through problems and finding innovative solutions to overcome what seems like an insurmountable obstacle."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A masterpiece of simplicity."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"A simple, slice of life tale set in modern-day China from director Yimou Zhang."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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