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A documentary portrait of Chinese pianist Yundi Li that captures the poetic intensity of this young virtuoso as he works with the great Maestro Seiji Ozawa to prepare for his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This is interwoven with Yundi on tour in his home country, where we meet his family, gain insight into his upbringing and are exposed to the massive scale of piano culture in China.

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    • Author: Windworker
    It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel religious! Such a gift Li possesses, and from what a family, complete with devoted grandparents, and with such an array of instructors from when he first began keyboard playing the accordion because a piano was too expensive. Then there was the well-meaning piano teacher who hit Li' young knuckles with a ruler to get him to improve the curve of his fingers and wrist -- only to learn that his mother used the same technique with the somewhat less traumatizing tool of chopsticks. And how Mr. Li interacts with Mr Ozawa and other musicians ... well, I'll leave it for you to discover. It's sheer joy -- with vitamins included!
  • Credited cast:
    Yundi Li Yundi Li - Himself
    Seiji Ozawa Seiji Ozawa - Himself
    Peter Oundjian Peter Oundjian - Himself
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Jay Chou Jay Chou - Himself
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