Opening

27% The Other Woman Apr 25
36% Brick Mansions Apr 25
39% The Quiet Ones Apr 25
90% Locke Apr 25
76% The Machine Apr 25

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $25.6M
49% Heaven Is for Real $22.5M
47% Rio 2 $22.2M
18% Transcendence $10.9M
9% A Haunted House 2 $8.8M
62% Draft Day $5.7M
40% Divergent $5.6M
71% Oculus $5.2M
77% Noah $5.0M
89% Bears $4.8M

Coming Soon

76% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
—— Walk Of Shame May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16
—— X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23

Premieres Tonight

55% Bad Teacher: Season 1
27% Black Box: Season 1
—— Moone Boy: Season 2

New Episodes Tonight

—— Anger Management: Season 2
100% The Big Bang Theory: Season 7
100% Elementary: Season 2
100% Grey's Anatomy: Season 10
46% The Millers: Season 1
100% Parks and Recreation: Season 6
100% Portlandia: Season 4
55% Reign: Season 1
0% Saint George: Season 1
73% Sirens: Season 1
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1
—— Two and a Half Men: Season 11
100% The Vampire Diaries: Season 5
92% Vikings: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

72% The 100: Season 1
97% The Americans: Season 2
100% Arrow: Season 2
—— Baby Daddy: Season 3
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
100% Legit: Season 2
—— Melissa & Joey: Season 3
—— The Middle: Season 5
36% Mixology: Season 1
83% Modern Family: Season 5
—— The Soul Man: Season 3
—— Suburgatory: Season 3

China Heavyweight (2012)

tomatometer

79

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

No consensus yet.

audience

56

liked it
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,614

My Rating

Movie Info

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

Jan 15, 2013

$10.5k

Zeitgeist Films - Official Site External Icon

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

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

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop 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.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop 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.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Chang works within the philosophical framework of the world of boxing to paint a poignant and often incisive portrait of the evolving Chinese cultural landscape and the temptations and ambitions that come with change.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang returns to China for another unexpectedly lyrical snapshot of that country's rapidly changing economic and cultural landscapes.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

A useful reminder that China's efforts to "catch up" with the West includes a descent into savagery.

July 7, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Although we never really get to know He or Miao, despite following them around vérité-style, director Yung Chang expertly captures the rays of Western culture bouncing off them.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Portrait[s] of the individual determination and nationalistic fervor that seems to driv[e] China to the top in so many fields surmounts the sameness of this universal story.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

This vibrant documentary about young rural Chinese boxers has many of the hallmarks of greatness but keeps its subjects at too much of a remove to achieve it.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

When China Heavyweight goes all Rocky in a climactic bout, it feels like it's lurching to life for the first time.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

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.
June 12, 2013
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss China Heavyweight on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

The Other Woman Short on Laughs

Total Recall
Total Recall

Cameron Diaz's 10 Best Movies

WonderCon
WonderCon

175 cosplay pictures

24 Frames
24 Frames

Experiments Gone Wrong!

Summer Calendar
Summer Calendar

See the season's blockbusters

Latest News on China Heavyweight

July 5, 2012:
Critics Consensus: The Amazing Spider-Man Is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've got a legendary web-slinger (The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew...
Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile