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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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.
Should be a natural for NBA fans and please non-enthusiasts as well.
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.
[A] glorified infomercial.
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 like Yao Ming a lot more because of this movie. It was very heart felt and an interesting look at the Houston Rockets center's first year in America. I definitely think he is a symbol and a bridge for both cultures. I'm glad he's a positive role model for both America and for China. Kudos YAO!
More interesting and entertaining than I thought it would be. Thought I'd just watch a few minutes but ended up watching the whole thing.
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.
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