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Not One Less

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Original title
Yi ge dou bu neng shao (Not One Less)
Year
Running time
106 min.
Country
China China
Director
Screenwriter
Shi Xiangsheng
Music
San Bao
Cinematography
Hou Yong
Cast
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Producer
Guangxi Film Studio / Film Productions Asia
Genre
Drama | Small Town Life (Non-North American). Education. Schools & University
Official Site
http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/notoneless/
Synopsis / Plot
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.
Awards
1999: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion
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