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Not One Less (1999)

Yi ge dou bu neng shao (original title)
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minzhi Wei ...
Huike Zhang ...
Zhang Huike
Zhenda Tian ...
Village Chief
Enman Gao ...
Teacher Gao
Zhimei Sun ...
Sun Zhimei
Yuying Feng ...
TV Receptionist
Fanfan Li ...
TV Host
Yichang Zhang ...
Mr Zhang, instructor
Zhanqing Xu ...
Brick factory owner
Hanzhi Liu ...
Zhang Huike's mother
Ma Guolin ...
Bus station man
Wu Wanlu ...
TV station manager
Liu Ru ...
Train station announcer
Shulan Wang ...
Stationery store clerk
Fu Xinmin ...
TV station director
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In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each day and promises her an extra 10 yuan if there's not one less student when he returns. Within days, poverty forces the class troublemaker, Zhang Huike, to leave for the city to work. Minzhi, possessed of a stubborn streak, determines to bring him back. She enlists the 26 remaining pupils in earning money for her trip. She hitches to Jiangjiakou City and begins her search. The boy, meanwhile, is there, lost and begging for food. Minzhi's stubbornness may be Huike and the village school's salvation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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30 October 1999 (South Korea)  »

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Ni uno menos  »

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Opening Weekend:

$50,256 (USA) (18 February 2000)

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$589,114 (USA) (7 July 2000)
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As in the Italian neo-realism movies, director Yimou Zhang used only non-professional actors. See more »

Quotes

TV Host: Do you like the city?
Zhang Huike: Yes.
TV Host: What is good about it?
Zhang Huike: The city is beautiful and prosperous. Much better than the country.
TV Host: What's the most lasting impression?
Zhang Huike: That I had to beg for food. I will always remember that.
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References The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) See more »

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A very good film!
22 October 1999 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Not One Less (English title) is a movie that concentrated on why are there so many Chinese children who quit school. Let's face the facts of life...poverty can ruin one's plan for the future, and this was evident in the film. You'll really see how hard life in mainland China is, even though this is a movie. The story is gripping and very realistic. You'll really feel the hardness of being in poverty and having to quit what you're doing. For the characters, Wei is a substitute school teacher who would go to extremes (high determination) from handling a class to walking around the city looking for a missing person.

I highly recommend watching this Chinese movie to any movie lover out there. This film is NOT a waste of time, it is simply VERY GOOD.


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