Yi ge dou bu neng shao

Yi ge dou bu neng shao

Not one less

DVD - 2016 | Chinese
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A young woman is ordered to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television sympathizes does her search bear fruit.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: CHINESE DVD YI GE D
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
laser optical
video file,DVD video
Language Note: In Mandarin with optional English subtitles; closed-captioned
Alternative Title: Not one less


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Dec 05, 2014

When a troubled student stops coming to her tiny rural classroom a young substitute teacher discovers he’s gone to the city to try and earn a few yuan for his impoverished mother whose chronic illness has put the family deeply in debt. Despite being only thirteen years old herself, and a rather mediocre educator at best, Wei and her remaining students manage to raise enough cash to buy a bus ticket into town so she can find the wayward boy and bring him back home. But the sprawling metropolis is bigger and more impersonal than she thought and only her dogged determination keeps her from giving up completely—and then a few key people begin to take an interest in her quest. Ostensibly about the plight of China’s one million school dropouts (with a few pointed critiques aimed at rigid bureaucracy and institutionalized poverty), Zhang Yimou’s shameless heart-tugger begins on a sardonic note as an apathetic Wei butts heads with a village chief who seems more concerned about the price of chalk than a quality education. However it soon heads into Frank Capra territory when an entire city comes together to help a teary-eyed Wei find her little lost sheep with hugs and and happy endings all around. But the wistful soundtrack is easy on the ears, scenes of verdant valleys and towering mountains are pretty to look at, and Zhang’s cast of unknown amateurs are just so darn watchable that I got caught up in it even though my better judgement urged me to hit the stop button. Too bad about the awful subtitles.

Dec 25, 2011

Great human interest movie. It proves that you don't have to have loud explosions, swearing and degeneracy in order to make an entertaining movie. Not one less starts slow, but picks up steam as it goes along. The teacher is determined and the kids are charming.

Nov 25, 2011

Got this movie to see if I could practice my Mandarin... Oh well, back to the drawing board in that regard... But... Found, to my surprise a fascinating, well acted and well directed human relationship movie. All the characters were engaging and sympathetic, the story line was believable, and the actors (95% of whom were children) were comfortable and very natural in front of the camera.
The mark of a beautiful movie to me is if I would I watch it again. And the answer for this movie is a definite yes.


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