|Bruce Greenwood||Ben Stevenson|
|Kyle MacLachlan||Charles Foster|
|Chi Cao||Li Cunxin|
|Guo Chengwu||Teenage Li|
|Huang Wenbin||11-Year-Old Li|
|Steven Heathcote||Bobby Cordner|
The ballet life of Li Cunxin begins when he 11, taken from his peasant family in rural China to train in Beijing, and he defects to the United States as a cultural exchange student as a young man.