Essay about Crossing Boundaries- Maos Last Dancer

1171 Words Nov 4th, 2011 5 Pages
Crossing boundaries is pushing yourself past the limits. There are many people that cross various boundaries, whether it is a physical boundary, cultural boundary or a mental boundary. This is seen in the prescribed text, the film ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ directed by Bruce Beresford. In this we see not only the main character Li cross boundaries but also, the minor characters, Ben and Teacher Chang. Crossing boundaries also heard in the Song ‘Love Story’ by Taylor swift. This song relates back to the play “Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare. In these texts we see Romeo and Juliet both crossing boundaries. There are many reasons why people cross boundaries, perhaps to prove a point to someone, to become a better person, or maybe because of …show more content…
The close up camera shot of Li reuniting with his mother and father is very special, Li is so excited and emotional. When they meet up again, we hear the Chinese traditional music in the background because it becomes a Chinese scene.
This shows Li done what he believed was the best thing to do for him, and that he valued his dancing and life.
Not only does Li cross boundaries in the film, but Li’s carer Ben does as well as Teacher Chang. Ben comes across to be a little selfish and crosses a boundary in the way he goes and gets Li from Beijing and brings him here to America and then keeps him in America, when China pushed him to go back home. Ben also crosses a major boundary when he hears about Li going to move to Florida with Liz, and then offers him a contract for a soloist scholarship so he doesn’t leave America. This leads to the breakup of Liz and Li.
Teacher Chang crosses one of the biggest boundaries in the film, by giving the ballet tape to Li when he shouldn’t of, because he wants Li to be able to help his family and become a better dancer. Here we see the close up of Teacher Chang handing it to Li and saying “I don’t think I will be around here much longer”. Teacher Chang knows he is doing the wrong thing and makes Li hide the tape as soon as he gives it to him, and Li has to make sure no one is around while they watch it.
Not only do we see boundaries being crossed in the film

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