China Heavyweight 2012

China Heavyweight

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With the help of a dedicated coach, two teenagers in rural China hope to become successful professional boxers and escape from their impoverished environment.

Cast & Crew

Yung Chang
Screenwriter
Mila Aung-Thwin
Executive Producer
Daniel Cross
Executive Producer
Bob Moore
Producer
Yi Han
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Olivier Alary
Original Music
Shaoguang Sun
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Hannele Halm
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Critic Reviews for China Heavyweight

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (4)

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

    September 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Focuses on the stories of three boxers and weaves them into a compelling narrative that rivals anything Hollywood could script.

    September 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • The documentary is fluid, detailed and well photographed by Sun Shaoguang.

    July 20, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • China Heavyweight is an uneasy mixture of familiar sports doc tropes and sociological portraiture.

    July 9, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for China Heavyweight

  • Jun 12, 2013
    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.
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