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China Heavyweight (2012)



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Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country's ever-changing economic landscape-this time through the lens of sports. In China Heavyweight, Chang follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. A select few boys (and girls) are sent to national training centers, with the hope of discovering China's next Olympic heroes. But will these potential boxing champions leave it all behind to be the next Mike Tyson? Their rigorous training, teenage trials and family tribulations are expertly intertwined with Coach Qi's own desire to get back in the ring for one more shot at victory. -- (C) Zeitgeistmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Yung Chang
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2013
Box Office: $10.5k
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Yunfei Miao
as Yunfei Miao
Moxiang Qi
as Moxiang Qi
Ye Xinchun
as Ye Xinchun
Master Zhao Zhong
as Master Zhao Zhong
Zongli He
as Zongli He
Zhong Zhao
as Zhong Zhao

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Critic Reviews for China Heavyweight

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (14)

This ain't no Rocky, and your take-aways are mostly about Chinese family and social customs.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Focuses on the stories of three boxers and weaves them into a compelling narrative that rivals anything Hollywood could script.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Yung seems to anticipate real-life emotional beats and positions his camera at exactly the right moments, yet nothing seems artificial or scripted. The result is an unexpectedly tender film about the price of coming into one's own.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The documentary is fluid, detailed and well photographed by Sun Shaoguang.

Full Review… | July 20, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Perhaps by focusing on something that is so much an individual sport, Chang creates a deep sense of tension between singular people and the bigger concerns of history, the team or country.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

China Heavyweight is an uneasy mixture of familiar sports doc tropes and sociological portraiture.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for China Heavyweight

Interesting although there have been more interesting topics explored by film makers on the modern China and quite frankly, there are more interesting boxing stories to potentially focus on. Nonetheless, it presents a look into the development of athletes within China and the key decisions that are forced to make.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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