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China Heavyweight Reviews

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September 20, 2012
This ain't no Rocky, and your take-aways are mostly about Chinese family and social customs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 5, 2012
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 3, 2012
Chang falls into a repetitive training-advice-meal scene structure that's less than revelatory, and the bouts are so blurrily filmed and so leavened with reaction shots that you can't really see what's going down.
July 9, 2012
China Heavyweight is an uneasy mixture of familiar sports doc tropes and sociological portraiture.
January 9, 2017
A thought-provoking work, a documentary with as much brain as it has brawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 28, 2013
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.
July 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 26, 2012
Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang returns to China for another unexpectedly lyrical snapshot of that country's rapidly changing economic and cultural landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 3, 2012
It's in between the lines that this movingly perceptive film scores a TKO.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2012
It stands as a fascinating look at a changing China and the courage it takes for those living there to punch above their weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 5, 2012
Mr. Sun straddles ancient and modern, tranquillity and turmoil, with equal sureness.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 20, 2012
Focuses on the stories of three boxers and weaves them into a compelling narrative that rivals anything Hollywood could script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2012
Call it "Rocky,'' Asian style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2012
Chang nurses a compelling drama from a multilayered cultural reality, at once intimate and unfathomably large in implications.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 11, 2012
When China Heavyweight goes all Rocky in a climactic bout, it feels like it's lurching to life for the first time.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2012
In China Heavyweight, we have a new variant on an old theme, but the idealism and heartbreak on view are timeless and universal.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 6, 2012
An intimate and affecting account of two aspiring boxers from the sticks training under the same hard-working coach.
July 7, 2012
A useful reminder that China's efforts to "catch up" with the West includes a descent into savagery.
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