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Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999)
A powerful and moving film!
I decided to watch "Not One Less" for no other reason than that it was directed by Zhang Yimou. I had heard nothing about it, didn't know the plot, story, cast, etc. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Not only was I not disappointed, but I believe I have found what may truly be the most moving film I have seen in ages!!
I usually reserve a rating of 10/10 for movies that are perfect in every way (from a perspective of an average viewer like me, anyway). This includes everything from set design, special effects, sound, music, everything. However, the STORY of Not One Less and the way it was delivered was so powerful I can not give it anything less than a 10/10. The utterly seeming simplicity of the story and characters is on the surface ... there is something that just draws you in like only the best movies can, and you find yourself feeling their emotions, living their lives.
Not One Less is just such a movie. You will fall in love with the characters, the teacher, the children; you will feel the pain and frustration, the poverty.
These are characteristics of great film. Not One Less is a must see.