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China Heavyweight Reviews

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
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
September 13, 2012
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2012
The documentary is fluid, detailed and well photographed by Sun Shaoguang.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
July 9, 2012
China Heavyweight is an uneasy mixture of familiar sports doc tropes and sociological portraiture.
July 6, 2012
An intimate and affecting account of two aspiring boxers from the sticks training under the same hard-working coach.
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
Call it "Rocky,'' Asian style.
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 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 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
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