The Year of the Yao (2005)
Critic Consensus: This sports bio documentary is given a few fresh angles, including culture clash issues, and the friendship that develops between Yao and his interpreter.
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Critic Reviews for The Year of the Yao
James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's taut, engrossing 2004 documentary on Chinese basketball player Yao Ming's first year in the NBA offers insight into the game and its stars.
As bright and shiny as you would imagine something co-produced by NBA Entertainment to be, The Year of the Yao provides little insight beyond hanging out with its super-sized star.
There appears to be much more to Yao than is captured here. That's where the movie drops the ball.
Audience Reviews for The Year of the Yao
I am not a NBA or Bassketball watcher or fan. Once in a while I may watch the March Madness series. Basketball players have become spoiled with the large sums of money they make. But I am always interested to see how those from the outside the USA react to our ways of life. I found this film to be very interesting, and wish I had the chance to meet Yao and his family. If I find this movie in a used bin or pawn shop I will pick it up. Its not like the other Disney Sports films this is more of a Bio.
It's interesting to see someone come from a country that opposes individualism come and play in a league that is all about standing out. There is also an interesting side story to this doc, the young inexperienced interpreter that is whisked through the limelight along with Yao.
I was impressed with how universal this story can be. For someone who isn't interested in basketball, this can show them how a sport can bring two cultures together.
Yao and his translator share a bond that can be appreciated by anyone who watches this doc.
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