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Not One Less (1999) More at IMDbPro »Yi ge dou bu neng shao (original title)

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Not One Less -- The charming story of a 13-year old substitute teacher in rural China who's been promised a bonus if she keeps her young charges from dropping out of school.
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Writer:
Xiangsheng Shi (writer)
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Release Date:
30 October 1999 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
17 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Minzhi Wei ... Wei Minzhi
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
Mei Bai ... Manager, Juxin Restaurant
Mingshan Zhang ... Student
Jiao Jie ... Student
Huimin Rong ... Student
Sun Zhiwei ... Student
Ming Xinhong ... Student
Tian Xuewei ... Student
Li Mel ... Student
Lingyu Li ... Student

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Xiangsheng Shi  writer

Produced by
Weiping Zhang .... executive producer
Yu Zhao .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bao San 
 
Cinematography by
Yong Hou 
 
Film Editing by
Ru Zhai 
 
Production Design by
Juiping Cao 
 
Costume Design by
Huamiao Tong 
 
Production Management
Xiaofeng Hu .... production manager
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dongshen Xie .... assistant director
Te Ya .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lala Wu .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Stew Markel .... telecine assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Yi ge dou bu neng shao" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Yimou insisted on capturing natural reactions from the amateur actors. To achieve this, he often used hidden cameras and microphones. This resulted in a film-shot to film-used ratio of 35 to 1. Normally, because of cost, the ratio should be 3.5 to 1. However, because the film was shot on 16mm (an later blown up to 35mm), the price was about the same because of the cheaper film stock.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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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
none, 8 January 2006
Author: thomasbecker108 from United States

I was moved not only by the cultural value and socio-economic perspective of the movie, but also by the themes of compassion, hope, and diligence. As a middle school teacher, I also like how it brings out the idea that meaningful learning (in the classroom and beyond) takes place through real-life commitments, situations and applications.

As a note aside, notice the credits; although this movie is based on a Chinese novel, the director selected actors and actresses from the real world to play their real-life parts—complete with their real names and titles. Thus teacher Gao really is teacher Gao! Mayor Tien really is mayor Tien, and the kids, together with Minzhi Wei, really are village children, who have no acting experience. Thus the movie really is "realistic" in a true and meaningful way. Don't miss this one!

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